Affinity: an Introduction
It’s my pleasure to introduce our latest collection, Affinity: an Anthology.
As with The Salmagundi, we made no requirements for theme or content. Unlike The Salmagundi, a theme quickly emerged from the stories we received. We wondered if there was something about 2014 that inspired such particular strife, but the more we thought about it, and the more we read we realized we were witness to the basic building blocks of the human condition: our relationships with each other.
Affinity has many definitions; its most common usage is “a spontaneous or natural liking or sympathy for someone or something.” It’s describing our attraction, be it to an object or person. The very basis of how we start our relationships. I like that, but it doesn’t tell the whole story, not of our relationships, or the word itself. It’s a start, it’s just not complete.
The chemist Joseph Mellor described chemical affinity as “the driving force of a chemical reaction.” Now we’re getting somewhere. The Driving Force. I believe this is what we talk about when we talk about the big human chemical reaction: love. It’s what pulls us together and allows us to react with another person. It’s the reaction we tend to focus on, but it’s the affinity that got us there in the first place and it’s what brings us back – for good, bad or ugly.
The 17 stories you hold in your hands explore the nature of our driving forces. The results are sometimes explosive, sometimes magical and always intense. And like any memorable relationship, these stories will leave a mark.
But don’t let that hold you back; it’s those marks that define us.