Recently I decided not to renew the domain of YankTheChain.com, the site of the web ‘zine that J.F. Quackenbush and I spent the years of 1998-2003 working on. YankTheChain was the site that I cut my teeth on, that in a very real way taught me how to write. It wasn’t always good, in fact sometimes it was quite awful, but it always spurred us on to write more and better. YankTheChain made us friends and enemies. YankTheChain was at various times in its history our attempt to be zinesters, humorists, journalists, essayists, cartoonists, novelists, vaudevillians, editors, publishers, punks and just about anything else under the sun. In terms of our growth as writers, its importance cannot be overstated. That all said, part of me is glad to see it go. I understand now why J.D. Salinger doesn’t want most of his early short stories brought back into print. Some things are best buried. Sometimes you just need to move forward.
So here’s to you, YankTheChain. May you rest in peace.
יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא.
בְּעָלְמָא דְהוּא עָתִיד לְאִתְחַדָּתָא
וּלְאַסָּקָא יָתְהוֹן לְחַיֵּי עָלְמָא
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