Collective Quarterly Issue 4 (Pisgah) is available now at LOREM (not Ipsum). The Pisgah National Forest rolls over the Appalachian Mountains, covering half a million acres and surrounding the booming town of Asheville, North Carolina. Though it’s not the largest forest in the Union, life swirls inside these woods at Biblical magnitudes. From moonshiners to teetotalers, and from industrialists to environmentalists who worship the land itself, cultures have clashed here for generations. This is, perhaps, to be expected of a region that takes its name from the place where Deuteronomy describes Moses seeing the Promised Land after wandering the wilderness for 40 years.
This issue focuses on the area surrounding Asheville, North Carolina. We listen to itinerant buskers passing through town via railroad, delve inside complicated neo-primitive communities seeking to live outside of civilization, meet a French World War II survivor who has devoted her life to building an art cathedral, and much more. Social divisions here are often tangled in misunderstanding. Carefree vacationers exist alongside deeply philosophical counterculturalists, who in turn live next to artisans quietly practicing their craft as they have for generations. Just as in the Promised Land of old, coexistence doesn’t come easy. We must continue the endeavor to find each other where we live.
The Collective Quarterly journeys to one place per issue. When we travel, we’re trying to discover the essence of a region during a moment in time. But what happens when there are stories that demand to be told but don’t fit inside a specific print issue? Stories about uncommon people, places, and things from around the world?
200+ pages, soft-touch laminate cover, perfect bound, 8.5″ x 11″, four-color lithograph press, carbon neutral green printing