“During the years when I was an undergraduate at Berkeley, I tried, with a kind of hopeless late-adolescent energy, to buy some temporary visa into the world of ideas, to forge for myself a mind that could deal with abstract,” wrote Joan Didion in the New York Times Magazine in the winter of 1976.
Confronted with this challenge, Didion proclaimed herself a failure — distinctly not an academic. No, Didion said, she was “simply a writer, a person whose most absorbed and passionate hours are spent arranging words on pieces of paper.”
With great caution and excitement, we at The Weekender walk this line between the world of ideas and the specific joys of the written word. The whirling world of UC Berkeley presents us all with a million ways to engage: academic interests, dynamic people, focal points of activity. They’re innumerable. Now headed into its second year as a facet of The Daily Californian, The Weekender hopes to probe and inhabit this multitude.
The Weekender is a creative outlet for Berkeley stories of all kinds. We aim to curate reported features, profiles and commentary pieces on relevant issues and people in our community, transforming everyday stories into larger discussions about the forces that drive Berkeley. We also feature creative writing, poetry, personal essays, photography and videos. This magazine serves as a platform for both staff writers and one-time contributors from all backgrounds.
If you have a story worth telling, The Weekender is your place to tell it.
Welcome to The Weekender.