Spring 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 2 Editor's NotesApril 1, 2007 |

Editor’s Notes

Beginning in this issue of KR you will find the first installment of "Just Not for Us," a new series of essays by Roger Rosenblatt. For those of you blessed never to have sought publication of your own writing—or those even more fully blessed who have submitted their work exclusively to immediate hosannas and up-flingings of lucre—"just not for us" is a phrase often bandied by editors such as myself to writers, also such as myself, to indicate a polite lack of interest in said author's humble offerings. Roger and I considered entitling his series "A Writer's Life," but that would have made too much sense. On a literary editor's perpetual quest, true wit is among the rarest of gems. By wit, of course, I mean something more than mere humor or drollery. Rather, it encompasses a lively engagement with language, with the world, and most of all with the foibles of us mere humans. Wit amuses to be sure, but it also cuts with that very scalpel of humor, laying open deeper percep

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David H. Lynn is the editor emeritus of The Kenyon Review, a professor of English, and special assistant to the president of the college. He was the editor of the Review from 1994 to 2020. As an author, he received a 2016 O. Henry Award for "Divergence." His latest collection, Children of God: New & Selected Stories, was published in 2019 by Braddock Avenue Books.

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