Bernard Fergusson’s opening lines to kick off this issue hold true for many of us personally. Though, unlike the speaker of “self-portrait with nostalgia,” who claims, “I was born once and it’s been downhill ever since,” Raleigh Review has been getting better with every issue. That said—Raleigh Review is still a work-in-progress. What kind of work? Well, we’ve bussed tables together at the Waffle House, we’ve seined in the Alaskan Gulf and shrimped in the Biloxi Back Bay. All this is just to say that we are working people, after all, who continue to make this magazine happen.