This issue doesn’t have a theme. It just is what it is, a paper museum you can hold fold and tuck in your back pocket. I suppose it is as incomprehensible and variable as the city itself, so we will just bow out and say the theme is“Chicago.” But specifically that part of Chicago we like, that is, that part of Chicago that is trying to change the parts of Chicago we don’t like.This issue is dedicated to all those fighting against ICE, those fighting the waste of money and piss-poor excuse for police reform that is theCop Academy, those fighting wage theft and rent increases, those fighting mass incarceration, those making art to carry on these causes, and those making art simply to uplift the spirits and empower those around them. This issue is for those selfless doers and in memory of Willem Van Spronsen, admirable in his complete dedication to burning down systems of oppression he saw as clear as day. But regardless of what you think of his tactics or where you fall on the spectrum of the left, remember, this guy who was literally trying to burn the motherfucker down also said, “You don’t have to burn the motherfucker down, but are you going to just stand by?” So let’s take that to heart and take inspiration from the thinkers and artists in this issue and not just stand by.
Chicago is about to lose one of those great doers, our own Sasha Tycko, who is off to Atlanta this fall to go to get more learned at grad school. Being one of the founding editors of TSM is but a small part of how Sasha has been envisioning and building their own conception of utopia in Chicago: DJing across the city serving up the finest disco and house, founding f12 Network to spread resources to help prevent sexual violence, organizing the city wide “Perform/Transform” festivals which included the World’s Fair 2018, spreading the gospel of #NoMoneyNoBorders, DJing on WHPK, hosting WHPK’s live show Pure Hype, volunteering at community gardens, and even more cool shit I don’t have space to get into. We will miss them and the whole city will be a bit less bright without them.
Thanks to our amazing sponsors who helped get this issue printed: Midwest Action, Kickstand Productions, Cole’s bar, Metta Perspective, pt.fwd, and the iO Theater.