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Earlier this month, I found Scratch in another writer's to-read pile. I was immediately drawn to the names on the cover: Leslie Jamison, Alexander Chee, Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, and Jonathan Franzen. Then I read what the cover illustration’s little black pen said: “Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living.” I had just graduated from college, and felt lost as to what my next career move would be. The book was a...
Andre Torres is living your dream. In fact, he’s probably lived like three or four of them. In 2001, he was researching a documentary on obsessive record collectors when he realized they didn’t have their own publication, so he started Wax Poetics, a beautiful and thoughtful magazine dedicated to soul, jazz, and hip-hop fanatics. A few years later, he launched another magazine, the more rap-pop focused Scratch. By 2015, Torres could tell that the...

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