“[H]e found in entropy or the measure of disorganization for a closed system an adequate metaphor to apply to certain phenomena in his own world. [..] and in American `consumerism’ [he] saw a similar tendency from the least to the most probable, from differentiation to sameness, from ordered individuality to a kind of chaos. He found himself, in short, restating Gibb’s prediction in social terms, and envisioned a heat death for his culture in which ideas, like heat energy, would no longer be transferred, since each point in it would ultimately have the same quantity of energy; and intellectual motion would, accordingly, cease.” (“Entropy,” by Thomas Pynchon)

In thermodynamics, entropy is a measure of the number of specific ways in which a thermodynamic system may be arranged, often taken to be a measure of disorder, or a measure of progressing towards thermodynamic equilibrium. The entropy of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems spontaneously evolve towards thermodynamic equilibrium, which is the state of maximum entropy. (Wikipedia)

ENTROPY is a website featuring literary and related non-literary content. We like to think of ourselves as more than just a magazine or a website, but also as a community space. We seek to create a space where writers can engage with other writers, can participate in a literary community, where thinkers can collaborate and share both literary and non-literary ideas, and where writers can feel safe and included. We especially strive to support marginalized voices and identities through publishing, offering resources, and community building. We also seek to provide a diverse platform for content and interests, including topics such as small press literature, video games, graphic novels, interactive literature, science fiction, fantasy, music, film, art, poetry, and other topics in addition to literary reviews, interviews, conversations, essays, and articles on experimental literature, translation, small press practices, and performance. We appreciate diverse beliefs and perspectives and want to encourage open discussion through a variety of opinions. (Therefore, the views and opinions of contributors are not necessarily the views of Entropy as a whole.)

Comment Policy

We welcome and encourage reader comments as long as they are respectful, relevant, and civil. All comments are moderated. We reserve the right to not approve comments that are abusive, hateful, offensive, spam, irrelevant, intentionally inflammatory, repetitive, promotional, or what we feel as not in line with the mission of Entropy to maintain a safe and supportive community of readers and writers. All comments are property of their respective owners and do not represent the opinions of Entropy staff.


entropymag.editors at gmail dot com

Entropy is closing at the end of 2021. Read the farewell announcement from our founder here: