April Fools 2022

Department Of Planning to Apply for Official Recognition as an Academic Department

Department Of is proud to announce that after many hard days of soul-searching, we have decided to apply to Duke for recognition as an official department: the Duke Department Of.

Where most departments add a subject – e.g. the Department Of Physics and the Department Of Cultural Anthropology – we at (the) Department Of have chosen to place nothing. This is a very deliberate choice. We have had a long history of exploring the unknown, of probing the blankness of the vastness of the blankness of the vastness of the universe, and pointing out the places humans never wanted to explore in the first place. In honor of this deeply held principle, we even decided not to publish an issue in March, so that you, dear readers, may explore the negative space left by the absence of the March issue that never was.

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