Young writers, with whom I am otherwise in sympathy, advocate on the contrary a succinct plot with few characters. That is not my conception of the novel. How to put it to you? You know that there is plane geometry and solid geometry. Well, for me, the novel is not only plane psychology, but psychology in time. I have attempted to isolate the invisible substance of time, but to do that the experiment had to be able to be long-lasting. I hope that at the end of my book, some minor social event of no importance, some marriage between two persons who in the first volume belong to very different worlds, will indicate that time has passed and will take on the beauty of certain patinated leatherwork at Versailles, which time has encased in an emerald sheath.
—Marcel Proust, November 1913
Reading Swann’s Way during college left an indelible impression on me, and significantly expanded my conception of what a novel could be. The quote above expresses that notion to a greater extent than anything else I have read, which is why I believe it also captures what we are trying to do here. High-minded pretensions aside, it is our hope that someday, some inconsequential fight or interview here may provide greater insight into some future events, or simply serve as a reminder of how time molds and changes us all.
We remain at our core a fight magazine, but as the additions of The Fourth Judge and Kid Moe have shown, we are also attempting to push into new areas. The topics we plan to cover would normally result in us being labeled a men’s magazine, if we were interested in such antiquated labels. But absent the need to fit in a specific shelf at the newsstand, we are happy to exist as we are, un-gendered and welcoming of all. The fact we are poised to cross 10,000 followers on Tumblr later today is evidence that whatever we are doing, some of you out there enjoy it.
So welcome to Stiff Jab 3.0. You might have noticed the URL has finally been upgraded, but the writing and design remain decidedly Low Rent. We’re going to be trying some new things, and veering a bit off track. It could get weird. You’ve been warned. Thanks for taking the ride.
The Washington Post reports Jon Jones wrapped his Bentley around a telephone pole in Binghamton, NY at 5:00am this morning. It is probably the one in the picture above, unless he bought another. I’m guessing he’s not going to be appearing in any more Bud Light ads. Enjoy Responsibly.