Note from the
We distinctly remember wearily posting the last SELEDA article in June, and
the triumph we were awash in at having come up with such an astoundingly
pious excuse for taking a two-month vacation-- the "spending time with our
families" vision/thousand points of light thing. One small step for the editors,
one giant, colossal step towards complete pomposity.
Ahh, but the thoughts we had harbored of angelic family gatherings
laughter, the 'wui afer sihon ande gures's, the sounds
of other people's children throwing temper tantrums
was going to be the mother of all summers.
Alas, the bliss promptly ended halfway through the first week, which was
exactly how long it took our loved ones to realize that, y'know, they really
didn't care all that much about having us hang around so much. (Some
loved ones, we were horrified to discover, don't even like us,
which will be "Topic #1" at the next session with our
designated SELEDA nefs abat.)
By mid-July the SELEDA nafqot had became so trenchant, that
we editors tried to seek comfort in each other. (Need we expound on how not
a pretty picture that painted
not by any stretch of the imagination.)
Well, the minutes crawled into hours, and the hours stirred into days, the
days crept into weeks, and the weeks finally lagged into months. But by the
time we had stopped listlessly marking off the days on our refrigerator
calendars, we were exhausted and in need of a serious vacation
nothing else, to get in touch with out inner children
All this to say that we missed being here and are delighted to be back! For
those of you who sent us 'Gid yelem
ter-arra eyarefu new" condolences, we are much obliged. For the multitude
who refused to be mollified by any of our cunningly orchestrated excuses,
well, our Excuse Vat overfilleth, so we'd be happy to keep churning out more
until we hit on the one that won't make you squint your eyes in disgust,
and 'ak-entuf' on your monitors.
So, two months off and what have we to show for it? Well, nothing, of course,
('cept maybe a conspicuous beer belly) but we thought we would point
out a couple of baby steps we've taken regarding the state of SELEDA (soon
to be known as the Greater Undemocratic Republic of SELEDA).
Hopefully, you will have taken note that the Shadowy Computer Cabal on the
editorial board has been hard at work (or hardly working) at making SELEDA
as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Considering that its members' real-time
profession includes, but is not limited to, re-splitting and tucking to bed
various atoms and whatnot, we are grateful for any attention they give this
It should also be pointed out that the
"entirely-spazzed-out-on-one-too-many-triple-shot-cappuccino" writing crew
made the occassional and feeble attempt to assist in this ye teQedese
alama, but we always ended up being put abruptly back in our places
by the flared nostrils and clenched jaws of the kibur Cabal.
"You cyber-Taybas," they'd snort at us with revulsion. "You
are not fit to vacum our keyboards!"
YameTaun mechase 'Amen' belo meqebel inji, especially when
it comes to blasé SELEDA computer meqwanints, who vilify
everyone on the editorial staff who is unable to pontificate on T0 Vector
Microprocessors, or who has never been invited to a Theory of Virus Shell
Assembly slumber party.)
[A moment, please, to lament our empty, meaningless lives.]
The point being, while we are encouraged by our readers' response on the
new SELEDA look, we just want to state that it is a work-in-progress, so
bear with us until we find the right melk-to-qum-neger ratio.
Also in the works, (as soon as the manQurit anQo, gorebet 'Gud!' estil
meteramess that has become standard procedure at SELEDA board meetings
subside) is a brand spanking new SELEDA forum where readers will be able
to interact in a chewa manner. Stay tuned for details.
Finally, in order to execute a proposed SELEDA mentorship program, we ask
that professional Ethiopians willing to act as mentors to the young and the
restless to contact us.
As always, we extend our deepest gratitude to our September contributors,
who weathered the usual paranoid prodding and friendly mekera
masayet to bring you exceptional articles. Starting with this issue,
we hope to have a three-part series on "Healing the Ethiopian Soul", which
will examine the weighty aspects of leaving home, forgiving the past and
assimilation. We hope you find it insightful.
We also hope that SELEDA can be a sounding board to as many varied points
of views as possible, so we encourage our readers to participate by not only
sending in reactions to articles, but also by submitting personal
essays which chronicle different experiences, triumphs and failures.
Beterefe, we have tried hard not to make the September issue
betray our restless summer. After all, it was also plagued by nightmares
of a splinter 'zine (aptly named, what else, 'TiQur Seleda')
being launched by disgruntled editors who found the absence of the word
"somnorific" in past SELEDA issues to be... abominable... just abominable!
So, here it is
somnorific-kachiun yasayachiu!"; "Tsbai ena
somnorific mechase ayge'za!" (Chigir eko new!)
Mekam Addis Amet!
The (over-somnorificified) Editors.