Soonest Mended

Collaborative platform on arts, literature, and thought


Founded in July 2013, Soonest Mended is a collaborative platform on arts, literature, and thought. Every one of our articles goes through a process of collaborative editing, during which editors and writers brainstorm together for ideas and criticisms. We also welcome contributions and responses from the readers, whether in the comments section or as a separate post for us to publish. To ensure the quality of our articles and the integrity of our collaborative process, we tend to publish every other week.

Thank you for your support and readership,

Soonest Mended team.


For general inquiries, copyright issues, and interests in contributing an article: team.soonestmended[at]

Banner credits

Hultén, Pontus, and Frank Königsberg (eds). 9 Evenings : Theatre and Engineering. [New York]: Experiments in Art and Technology : The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, 1966.


robbie001Robert Blakslee is a high school English teacher in Massachusetts. After a Fulbright year in Querétaro, México, Robert returned home to New England so that he could spends his days forcing students to appreciate Chaucer and Thoreau, and to write about them with clarity and vigor. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he double majored in English and Philosophy.


Mika Kasuga is an Assistant Editor at Random House, where she has worked on best-selling books by Salman Rushdie, Steven Brill, Reza Aslan, David Brooks, and Nassim Taleb, among others. Her interests include, but are in no way limited to: literature, string theory, linguistics, feminism, pop culture, politics, architecture, and cat videos. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a dual major in English and Government, after dabbling in Psychology, International Relations and – very briefly – Philosophy. She lives in New York City, and can be found hunched over a book.


Originally from Seoul, Korea, Shijung Kim is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Harvard.





gogwilt-keir-2Keir GoGwilt was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in New York City. He has studied and performed extensively as a violinist. He graduated from Harvard University in 2013 with a BA in Literature. Devoted to showing the manner in which the practice of music performance has relevance in an inter-disciplinary discourse, he explores the implications of the study of music performance for literary theory. He is concerned with re-orienting current notions of technique and interpretation in literary and musical criticism and pedagogy.

paris 8Emma Ben Ayoun is currently completing a Master’s degree in Film Aesthetics at the University of Oxford. She has spent the last five years in Montreal, Quebec, where she received her BA from McGill University, but her heart will always lie in Queens, New York, where she grew up. At the moment, she is interested in tracing the relationship between the shifting urban landscapes of the twentieth century, the contemporary feminist movement, and the development of the cinema.


Evan Cheney is a graduate student at the University of Delaware studying medieval and Renaissance literature, and is especially interested in the reception of classical literature during these periods. His current project involves thinking about the trope of prosopopoeia, the rhetorical technique of representing the voices of non-human figures. His work involves the study of poetics, rhetoric and material studies and explores the relationship between human and language, the self and the object.

Capture d’écran 2014-06-03 à 16.37.40A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Christopher Gellert received his degree in French Literature from New York University, New York. Fascinations include: Proust, gastronomy, as well as Mingei ceramics and philosophy He’s a fine cook himself, and makes a mean Madeline à l’américaine with a touch of Jack Daniels. When he’s not wearing his critic’s hat, you’ll find him agonizing over his own verse and prose— never quite happy.


Susie Kim divides her time between Seoul and Toronto poking into art galleries and spending long afternoons in tea houses. She earned her undergraduate degree in the humanities from Harvard University where her major projects were on laughter and the tragic in the graphic novel The Killing Joke and on the intersection between the ethical and the aesthetic via considerations of habit and character in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. She is currently interested in the possibility of silence and space in an increasingly verbal and cluttered age of information.

headshot-millerBen Miller
is a writer and researcher in Crown Heights, Brooklyn working on a variety of projects including historical research on queer activist and theorist Harry Hay, short fiction, directing an opera, and criticism and essays for outfits like this one. He works with LGBT activist organization Lambda Legal, and Groupmuse, a new project bringing live classical music to living rooms and offices nationwide. He tweets @benwritesthings.

10702069_10203721178723230_6583749198646759396_n (1)Melissa Scott is interested in all of the musics and all of the critical theories. She recently graduated from the University of Chicago and is currently a graduate student at UC Berkeley. Her current passions include maqam–jazz fusion, baking without destroying her immediate surroundings, and the Arabic, Turkish, and Ottoman Turkish languages.

10351147_10202033130532931_7994586483337537669_n Zach Sheets is a musician living in Rochester, NY, studying at the Eastman School of Music. He is fortunate to enjoy a diverse life as a performer of avant-garde music, an orchestral flutist, a teacher, and a composer of instrumental and electronic music. He is committed to weaving together performances of old and new music and to making vibrant performances of the music of the last hundred years. He holds a degree in music and French literature from Harvard University.


9 comments on “About

  1. 1421art
    March 18, 2014

    Greatly appreciate the comment on CC interview. Thanks for stopping over to mine. I’ll look forward to following yours.

    • Soonest Mended
      March 18, 2014

      Thank you very much for visiting and following our blog. The interview was great, and the artworks fascinating. I look forward to keeping up with your online gallery as well.

  2. broadsideblog
    April 16, 2014

    This is one seriously brainy and fascinating team!

  3. astrotraveller
    April 17, 2014

    Hello, the Soonest Mended team,

    I have only just started following but I am enjoying your articles immensely. Thanks for bringing diverse perspectives to compelling issues and composing them in such a beautiful and eloquent way.

    Thanks for making classic literature, regarded by some as old or out-of-date so relevant and present in our modern day!

    For this, I have nominated you with a Liebster award, with more details to be found on my post:

    Thanks for reviving the classics and showing us a new way to look at things!


    • Soonest Mended
      April 17, 2014

      Dear Jacinta,
      Thank you very much for the nomination. Very glad to hear you have enjoyed our articles. We will follow up with a post for the Liebster Award this weekend. And we are looking forward to reading your site.
      – Soonest Mended team.

  4. elifakcali
    April 21, 2014

    This site is great; I love it! And thanks for stopping by and following my blog.

    • Soonest Mended
      April 26, 2014

      Thank you very much! We loved your site as well, and will be returning regularly. 🙂

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