Our original theme for Opium5 was Famous Dead Authors. We were aiming to pretend that our authors were dead, and that it was only post mortem in Opium that their work was being lionized. But the more we thought about it, the more the celebrated-in-death concept seemed antiquated. Now no one has to wait for celebrity anymore. These days, one need only streak the White House lawn, post the video on YouTube, and voila: famous.
For this issue, we decided we didn’t want to contribute to the voyeuristic lift-’em-up and tear-’em-down compulsion that keeps our modern celebrities acting so badly. So we turned the cameras around. Instead of focusing on the masterminds behind the work, we zoomed in on the writing. Our new old concept: let the stories speak
We present Opium5 to you as an alternative to the seedy underbelly of the celebrity occult, high-brow and low-brow. So shut off the TV, turn off your computer, and relax with some good, old-fashioned,
We promise you’ll love it.
Elizabeth Koch & Todd Zuniga