Theme issues are cool but so are regular issues. Sure, theme issues get nice pictures. But half the fun of a magazine is flipping through the pages not knowing what you're about to see next.
I personally liked it when, as a nice sort of surprise, my work was published next to a friend's. That was by chance of course, since on the endless list of factors deciding which piece goes where, friendships don't get factored in.
Everything is so cohesive in a theme issue. By design. But in the totally random pile of random articles that come together for a regular issue, articles aligning or complementing others in theme almost feel like the stars are aligning (I'm talking page 4). It's like the issue is coming together on its own and that's always nice to see.
So this Thursday, we give you, just a regular (but still fabulous) issue.