I still have no internet. Moving house is great.
In the interim, Curriculum continues to update. We are currently up to Page 9 of the first issue. We’re at the point in the story where our protagonists begin to realize just how deep, how terribly lost, they really are.
Ganzeer recently published another short story on the Times New Human website that you should all check out. This one takes its influence from the myth of Pygmalion. As always it was a joy to edit and help usher out into the world.
As I’m writing this I’m in Leeds for the Thought Bubble comics festival. If you’re in or near Leeds (today is Sunday, right?) then I heartily recommend dropping by and attending the festival. It never fails to be the best con in the UK year in and year out. This year its roster of guests and panels is truly impressive and as ever I’ve had an excellent time so far.
Magnus is selling copies of Metropo in the Originals Marquee at the festival at Table #38 alongside the excellent Mary Safro who is selling copies of Drugs and Wires as well as some fantastic badges, patches, etc.
New York in the 1950s was plagued by a spree of pipe bombings across the city. This is the strange and fascinating story.
David Simon really isn’t a fan of Twitter right now.
“But by the hand of God, you and the people running your shop are the most ahistorical, smegmatically incompetent and fuckstumbling stewards of an essential informational resource since, well, since Wall Street analysts and their slobbering chain-newspaper fetch-monkeys drove mainstream journalism into a ditch. My god, you tech boys suck at just about anything but tech. It is remarkable, really, and fascinating to me that you can be so good at the hardware and so deadbrained lethal with morality and ethos.”
Another story on the ever-worsening hellscape we live in (that tingle you can feel are all the positive vibes I send out with this newsletter) - this one is on the rise of ‘busybody journalism’.
Which kind of connects to this argument by Foreign Policy that, yeah, al Qaeda won.
“For the cost of the lives of 19 terrorists, al Qaeda sparked the global war on terrorism, with its subsequent $2.1 trillion cost and the loss of thousands of American lives. More importantly, they changed the way America thought of itself and the way the world thought of America. They made powerful people believe that the war against Islamist terrorism, a technologically incompetent fringe hiding in caves in the most remote locations in the world, presented a threat comparable to the fascist war machines of World War II.”
But there is hope. Especially when Teen Vogue are running primers like this on Anarchism as a political movement and pretty much nailing it.
I got mildly obsessed this week with this story on writers who do their initial drafts (at least) in longhand.
I’ve gone on about it before, but Waypoint really does some of the best video game writing around. Recently they published their review of the new Tomb Raider game. As well as serving as a critique of the game the piece also talks about the game’s failure to engage with some of its colonialist type thinking.
Nabbed from Kieron Gillen’s newsletter is this fantastic piece from Pitchfork about the awesome Robyn and the effect her music has on her fans.
“The phantom-limb tingle of a breakup or a loss is a universal emotion, and Robyn defines it so sharply in part because she defines it vaguely. She leaves lots of space for the disorientation that accompanies these feelings, complementing their emptiness.”
Finally, Brain Pickings has an excellent post about Chuck Close on creativity.
“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea.’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you did today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.”
Always, always, trust the process.