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This Week's Writing 4/14/23
Holy shit people may actually read this.
This was kind of a crazy week for me on Substack. The platform launched its social media feed, and the algorithm decided I should be the first creator most people saw when they joined the platform. My subscriptions almost doubled, from around 1225 to more than 2300. Paid subs went up by like 40%.
So that means that for like half of you this is your first weekly round-up. So…hello! I write really a lot about politics, movies, culture, poetry, music—kind of whatever catches my eye. There will sometimes be cat pics. We have a lot of cats (Ecgwynn, Eustacia, the Creature, Luna, Henry, Kitkat, Poppy, Earnest—though around half of those are my mother-in-law’s who lives upstairs. Some of them visit sometimes though.)
Also a pitbull named Goose.
I think I’m going to try opening comments on these weekly posts and see how that goes. So say hello if you feel like it! I’d love to find out more about my readers and what you’re interested in.
And thank you for joining us here!
And onto what I wrote this week.
If you read one thing by me, read:
Biden should order Thomas’ cases to be reviewed. (Independent)
Elon Musk vs. his own business model. (EIH)
Substack takes over the world! (EIH)
On going (sort of) viral on Substack. (EIH)
Why does Clarence Thomas’ benefactor own Nazi napkins? (Public Notice)
Howard Schultz pushes the myth of meritocracy. (Editorial Board)
The Holocaust isn’t a feel good story for Christians. (EIH)
Jeff Vandermeer’s reissued first novel, Veniss Underground, shows he’s gotten weirder. (LA Times)
Tommy Guns is a weird zombie romance war anticolonial movie. (Chicago Reader)
Nothing much happens in Kelly Reichardt’s “Showing Up.” (Splice Today)
The white actor in Sirk’s Imitation of Life. (EIH)
Far From Heaven shows we’re still in Sirk’s world. (EIH)
In important ways, films are more open about sex now than they’ve ever been. (EIH)
The 25 greatest guitarists of all time. (EIH)
A searching investigation of Heidegger’s philosophy. (dadakuku)
The Kleenex box
rests on Being and Time.
you fascist piece of shit.
Cat poem. (Five Fleas)
When you are a cat
the world past the window
is filled with things
that might be birds.
Short poems on movies and impossibility. (Five Fleas)
There was a time I would have said
But now I know
it doesn’t matter that much.
The movie ends
and we go back
without a plot.
A robot poem. (Five Fleas)
Everything is better if you rebuild it
as a giant super robot.
A eulogy for Webley cat. (EIH)
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