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Juked, John W. Wang

 

Juked magazine was founded in 1999. It is an independent journal that is both online and in print annually. Juked gets all of its funding from donations which help with printing and web hosting costs. The magazine is open for submissions year round and they accept poetry, fiction and nonfiction. There is no one defining theme or subject matter that the magazine focuses on, but rather an overall mission of publishing the best work they come across, with a special emphasis on new and emerging writers. John W. Wang has been the editor of Juked for years and hopes that it will continue on with as much quality writing as it has now. FUSE interviews the head editor of Juked, John W. Wang.

 

Starting at the beginning, what is the significance behind the title of Juked?

We (myself and the small group of friends who helped me start Juked) were tossing around a number of ideas for the name of this new thing, and we went through some terrible, awful possibilities. At the time I was living in Berkeley, and nearly every weekend I was making a long drive down to Los Angeles to see my parents because they weren’t in good health. The trips took about five hours each way, and I preferred driving at night, since A) it was cooler and better for the car (I was going at some pretty high speeds), and B) there were fewer highway patrols to look out for (I was going at some pretty high speeds). What ended up happening was I’d drive through the middle of the night, and spend hours seeing nothing but bleary tail lights. During one of these hallucinatory stretches the word “juke” popped into my head. I liked the sound of it–a one-syllable word with a number of consonants punctuating the sound. I also liked the different ideas it suggested: music, movement, a one-upsmanship. I preferred the participle because I felt it was more appropriate, that we were the ones being done to, and not the ones doing it to others.