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This Week in Fandom, Volume 32

There is bittersweet news in the wake of Leonard Cohen’s death on November 7th. For the first time ever, Cohen’s recording of Hallelujah, his most well known song, has made it to the US Billboard Top 100. It’s currently ranked at number 59. Since Cohen’s death, the song has charted around the world, reaching number one in both France and New Zealand, and number two in Switzerland. You can listen to the song on the LeonardCohenVIVO YouTube channel.

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5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Rrain Prior Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Rrain Prior, who volunteers as a staffer with our Journal Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As the production editor for Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) I shepherd OTW’s academic journal from accepted submissions to finished product, including organising copyediting, proofreading and layout, and troubleshooting anything that comes up along the way.

The journal is one of the main projects that the OTW undertakes, providing an established and respected venue for fan studies. It’s also a pioneer in terms of online-only and open access academic journals, which I think really exemplifies the values and goals of OTW as a whole

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