Learn about the videogames you should play and how to think about them! Have You Played is a free weekly newsletter for novices and experts alike, written by an award-winning game design and journalist. Every post starts with a simple description of exactly how the game works and what you do in it, then explores what makes it uniquely good or flawed. I've covered games including Pentiment, Season, Terra Nil, Cyberpunk 2077, Honkai: Star Rail, and many more!
This substack provides a weekly collection of links to essays and reviews from the archives of my favorite cultural magazines. Each collection is chosen around a specific topic to hopefully provide something interesting and thought-provoking for readers to explore and be entertained.
I send out a newsletter twice a month with funny or insightful quotes, phrases and passages I've seen recently. It's not just stuff from the present; I also include material from the past. [more inside]
A reboot of a project we ran from 1995 to 2000, the Daily Brief is a news summary intended to provide our readers with unbiased, no-agenda, clear, and timely information that is needed to maintain essential awareness of important events and information from around the world. Maybe MeFi needs a News link up there in the header where the Daily Brief can be repurposed for intelligent ingestion and commentary? [more inside]
I wanted to try something different, so I've created a weird mixture of discussion list, newsletter, bulletin board & letters page. Anyone can submit text/Markdown and images with retro filters, then selected messages get sent out in a single-email 'inbox'. [more inside]
A group-chat-as-newsletter about online culture in China. CT is a regular (usually fortnightly) exploration of contemporary China, one important niche at a time. We’re interested in marginal subcultures, tiny obsessions, and unexpected connections. [more inside]
...is a newsletter I started as a birthday gift to myself. Each installment is a short thought about some topic in art (appreciation, analysis, or creation, and with a reallllly broad definition of art). So far, installments have covered Kurt Vonnegut's advice on appreciating paintings, the moral calculus of watching Watchmen, and East German kids using punk music and fashion to build identities.
100 Doodles is an art newsletter project where I (try) to draw and write one newsletter per week. Each newsletter contains a small painting and some written notes about the subject. It's sort of a slow, handwritten blog, but in your email. [more inside]
Starting a weekly newsletter about arts, design and entrepreneurship. The first two posts are already up!
I've created a food newsletter designed to distract and inform. Subscribers receive concise emails with links, recommendations and recipes. If you like it, sign up. [more inside]
A curated weekly newsletter/blog of mostly-tech links that are interesting, strange, surprising or funny. From the BGP Bitcoin theft in 2014 that started it to Kugelblitzes, hashmaps in Rust and licking Nintendo cartridges, the Weekly Weird is me dumping my browser tabs into an email just in time for lunchtime on Friday (EST). No politics unless the underlying story is really compelling. Subscribe here.
A poetry newsletter, every Friday. It starts with poetry - usually highlighting a few nice things from the week, and from there I try and connect things to bigger ideas, or news items. [more inside]
A daily newsletter of thank you notes about my life. [more inside]
On Wednesday, September 4 last year, I sent a friend a piece of music trivia and (jokingly) claimed that it was "just like we do every Wednesday." Then I decided to actually start doing it. Yesterday marked entry 52 - one year of "True Music Facts Wednesday." All 52 entries are posted at the link, and I have previously posted 3 of the stories to the Blue (1, 2, 3). Other favorites include the genesis of the "Amen Break," the story of Vaughn Meader's rise to (and sudden fall from) superstardom, Blues Traveler's hidden-in-plain-sight taunt in "Hook," the story of Jason Everman's stints with two of grunge's biggest bands, the hip hop #1 that was inspired by Spuds MacKenzie, the joke offer that (maybe, almost) reunited John and Paul in 1976, and the accidental, serendipitous creation of "Puff, the Magic Dragon."
There is an enormous amount of free erotic writing on the internet, so signing up for a newsletter might seem a bit redundant. However, I thought there would be some advantages to a text only newsletter, so I developed one. (Note: some of the images on the website may be NSFW where you are). [more inside]
Ever wanted to learn how to pickle? Or stargaze? Or build kites, read tarot, make cheese, or bind books? It's always fun to learn something new, but sometimes you need a tiny nudge. Dabbler picks a topic every month and sends a little package to your inbox: notes, links, book recommendations, and everything else to help get you on your way. [more inside]