letter from editor – l’appel du vide

Letter from the Editor


Dear Reader, 


Thank you so much for picking up our latest issue, l’appel du vide. I come up with our issue themes well over a year in advance, yet this is by far one of the most fitting concepts we could have tackled this season—as is evidenced by our releasing this issue more than a month later than intended. 


As some may already know, 2021 has been a year full of health issues and other crises on my part, as it has been for many over the past few years. I know that I’ve stared into some of the same voids that the pieces featured here describe, and I know how lucky I am to resist that call. 


That being said, l’appel du vide is an issue that’s come to life more brilliantly than I could have imagined. As always, we approached submitters with a prompt: “What is it about the darkness that calls to us? In what other ways do all things sinister beckon us, as humans?” 


From “The Chronic Void” by Kate Gough and “Worry” by Amanda Crum to Eva Lynch-Comer’s “Woolf Greets the Sea” and Ceri Morgan’s “Vest-tops and tattoos,” the pieces in this issue take the sensations of “high place phenomenon” and craft them into works of art. 


As always, thank you to everyone who supports Nightingale & Sparrow—and a special welcome to our newest staff members, without whom this issue would have had even more difficulties coming into the world! 


Cheers to a new year on its way, and to l’appel du vide


Juliette Sebock

Editor-in-Chief, Nightingale & Sparrow