Aiden Truhen and Nick Harkaway discuss the morality of fiction, the descent of the world, and the Addams Family”

AT: Except that we have different writing styles and different ways of being in the world and I’m massively antisocial and live in a houseboat on a middle-European river and you live in London and you’re basically a soft touch.

NH: I think we’re growing together somewhat now. Although I do wish the houseboat thing was real sometimes.

Donald Glover Interviews Donald Glover

Yeah, so first question, why’d you want to do this?

I guess I don’t love interviews and I asked myself, “Why don’t you like interviews?” And I think part of it is that the questions are usually the same. This way I can get questions I usually don’t get asked.

You don’t think this is contrived?

I don’t think it’s more contrived than any other interview.

[i like to do things in threes, i can’t find a third self interview, i feel like this is something that Kanye would do but i want articles that amuse me, not irritate me; oh well]

Brivs Mekis


Reconstruction of the Fables

The story of Brevs Mekis and his doublehouse is just one of the many intriguing tall tales that populate Fables of the Reconstruction. But the thing about tall tales is that they change with each retelling; every time you reconstruct the fables (so to speak), you add new bricks and change things around.

[Fables is one of my all time favourite records]

oh i almost forgot


i did another record




And I may write my own
eponymous epitaph
instructing the horsemen
to pass.



i have a backlog of single link draft posts that i haven’t gotten around to fleshing out to a state that is publishable by my minimal standards. you would think i was busy. hah.
i’m going to go ahead and post this video though because what it describes is very close to my own philosophy, if only i would make good on it.

Why I’m A Squishy Leftie

This isn’t scary socialism. This is self-protection by protecting the social contract within which we live, and just giving a damn about people.

just read Harry August this summer and it was very good.

Gene Wolfe


Gene Wolfe Turned Science Fiction Into High Art

On April 14, 2019, at the age of 87, Gene Wolfe dies of heart disease at his house in Peoria, Illinois. The obituaries are appropriately admiring. But there’s an undertone in some of them similar to the undertone that sometimes creeps into reviews of his books. His books are so singular, so challenging, and so out of sync with any conceivable mainstream that critics sometimes seem to be asking “What kind of great book is this?” His life is so quiet, so meandering, and so far removed from literary grandeur or drama that eulogists sometimes seem to be asking “What kind of life is this for a great writer?”

I know the answer to both questions. It is this kind.

New manifesto


On my temple in Delphi there are two words written: Know Thyself. It’s good advice. Know yourself. You are worth knowing. Examine your life. The unexamined life is not worth living. Be aware that other people have equal significance. Give them the space to make their own choices, and let their choices count as you want them to let your choices count. Remember that excellence has no stopping point and keep on pursuing it. Make art that can last and that says something nobody else can say. Live the best life you can, and become the best self you can. You cannot know which of your actions is the lever that will move worlds. Not even Necessity knows all ends. Know yourself.

Jo Walton, The Just City

A Review of Perl 6

The market for new programming languages, as I write this in 2017, is competitive but not impenetrable — but like a freshly minted Ph.D., no one seems to be sure of Perl 6’s market prospects, and like a just-turned-in dissertation, no one seems to know whether the fruit of many years’ labor is actually worth a damn.

(Reddit discussion of above)

The long goodbye to C

It is now possible to glimpse a future in which all that code is written in specific C replacements with strong memory-safety properties. Go, or Rust, or Cx – any way you slice it, C’s hold is slipping.

(Slashdot discussion)

The big break in computer languages

The largest trend driving development towards [Garbage Collection] languages haven’t reversed, and there’s no reason to expect it will. Therefore: eventually we will have GC techniques with low enough latency overhead to be usable in kernels and low-level firmware, and those will ship in language implementations. Those are the languages that will truly end C’s long reign.

(Slashdot discussion)



I Hate New Year’s Day, Antonio Gramsci, January 1, 1916

That’s why I hate New Year’s. I want every morning to be a new year’s for me. Every day I want to reckon with myself, and every day I want to renew myself. No day set aside for rest. I choose my pauses myself, when I feel drunk with the intensity of life and I want to plunge into animality to draw from it new vigour.