Passing the mantle from one editorial team to another is much like jumping a moving train. One team waves from the left of a freight car, rolling safely to rest upon a grassy knoll; the new team, sprinting to catch the moving train, boards the right side, takes a deep breath and a frenzied look around. The new team gathers its bearings, takes stock, and continues the voyage. The train steams ahead.

As an introduction to our inaugural issue as coeditors of Pacific Coast Philology, we’d like to thank Richard Sperber, Cheryl Edelson’s outgoing coeditor, for leaving the freight car in working order. His parting gift—the selection of an outstanding essay that appears in this issue: Carmen Gabriella Febles’s “Alacron’s Notion of Universalization in Lost City Radio.” We are grateful for this well-chosen essay and for Professor Sperber’s devoted service to the journal. A debt of gratitude is...

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