Our figures, our deeds
In March 2015, our cultural platform peaked with a huge number of more than 537,000 hits in one month (four times the number of March 2014), more than 71,000 pages read (almost three times the corresponding number) and more than 16,000 visits. Moreover, Beyond Thirty-Nine is now a journal with about 10,000 loyal readers (almost twice the number of March 2014), who have high expectations of content, scholars, events and communication and thus foster and push for continuous learning, adaptation and improvement.
Rather than repeat the usual acknowledgements to our collaborators and supporters, I’d like to emphasise that Beyond Thirty-Nine is striving to strengthen cultural ties with other reputable bodies, such as the Hong Kong Writers Circle, the Dante Alighieri Association, the Italian Women’s Association, Asian Review of Books, etc. B39 is already working in a very fruitful way with some of them. Our doors are open for others who want to share, without distraction, an astonishing process. So, our efforts continue because we are convinced that the future will be in terms of the network—or rather, of the quality of the network, which we will be able to create and sustain. We think that right there, in the flow of energy created by different synapses, perspectives and visions, the reader will find the answer to his or her cultural needs. And we are working to achieve this.
A relevant example would be the ‘Book Club’ that Beyond Thirty-Nine set with the Dante Alighieri Association and the Italian Women’s Association. After the first programme dedicated to the basics of creative writing, the second series of successful events focussed on American literature of the twentieth century. The book club will continue with French authors of the nineteenth century, with meetings dedicated to specific writers, and so on. Also the book club is a space open to different contributors and topics, and for this reason—we think—more productive and valuable.
Culture has a hard job guarding against mediocrity, a parlous journey through incomprehension, difficulties, and rare satisfactions (read Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, a good metaphor of our voyage). However, is worth it: culture is really worth fighting for. So, stay with us—someone still loves you.