The Thorn (1960-1961) notes that it is "published three times a year by The Wine Press, in cooperation with the students of The College of Wooster, but without any affiliation with said College."

The Thorn is a small but lengthy magazine that, as expressed by the authors, is intended to broaden the scope of the students of Wooster and create some form of disagreement or response on what the editors view as an apathetic "don't-care" campus. This volume of The Thorn was published in March of 1961. The booklet has a white paper cover with a drawn portrait of pianist Thelonious Monk and the title "Thorn". The pages inside are all white and are written in typewriter text. The magazine is 54 pages long, but the booklet itself is the size of a quarter of a page. The magazine includes poems, short stories, essays, and short songs from various authors (not just students). The pieces included cover a variety of topics but mostly center around politics, current events, and self-expression. and music. Along with English pieces, there are foreign language submissions in French and German. The pieces are broken up by black and white art and drawings. The essay "Monk," found on pages 10-16, discusses and analyzes jazz pianist Thelonious Monk and Harlem's role in shaping him. Another essay on pages 29-36, discusses Soren Kierkegaard and his philosophy on religion. The poem "For Panthers" on pages 41-43 follows a subject as they watch the Black Panthers, in the poem the group is described as actual Panthers. This volume of The Thorn was edited by Erik Sandberg-Diment.


Student publications; Poetry; Jazz; Piano music (Jazz); Philosophy; Religion; Christianity; Racism against Black people; Civil rights movements

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Poetry, Jazz, Thelonious Monk, Harlem, Soren Kierkegaard, Religion, Philosophy, Civil Rights Movement, The Black Panthers



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