From the Editor

by Susan Weidman Schneider

Okay. The pear. Joining us for the first time with this issue are readers who ordered the magazine because our new pear logo caught their eye in our first-ever ad in The New York Times Magazine, so we figured we ought to be explicit about its meaning. Please don’t tell me you couldn’t figure it out. It’s all about Eve, the First Lady of Our Biblical Consciousness. Eve, the subservient female, the one who takes the rap for wanting to eat the apple off the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The feminist alternative to Eve is, of course, the courageous Lilith, Adam’s first companion, the woman who spoke out for gender equality. Lilith, this magazine’s namesake. Thus we present to you the pear, in a land of rough artistic and semantic (if not olfactory) antithesis to Eve’s apple. Readers long familiar with LILITH (and who may not peruse our rival, the Sunday Times) are seeing the pear for the first time here. LILITH welcomes responses from all of you: sketches, as well as words.

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