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The Intentional is a quarterly magazine that examines current trends in living, culture, arts, and quality of life.
The Intentional is a quarterly magazine that examines current trends in living, culture, arts, and quality of life.

This is surely a digital generation, but to capture the experience of this often-misunderstood group, a new literary and cultural journal called The Intentional, is defying this generation's chosen mediums.

At the launch party, founder and editor Kate Jenkins explains why she opted for a 70-page journal instead of a splashy website.

"It's not news and it's not current events," she says, describing the journal. "It's something that lasts, and it's presented that way. It's printed that way."

In trying to capture the experience of today's 20-somethings, Jenkins isn't trying to psychoanalyze young people. Rather, she says she's giving voice to a generation still struggling to find meaning in an evolving and economically tattered America.

She says the journal covers topics ranging from international development and community building to health, wellness, arts, and culture.

Jenkins was able to get The Intentional off the ground with a little help from Kickstarter — a fundraising site by means of crowdsourcing — and a lot of waiting tables. She knows putting out a $12 journal is a roll of the dice in 2013. But that's just how her generation rolls.

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