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If things seem a little weird

If things seem a little weird
By Clay Lowe • Issue #27 • View online
Not knowing where I’m at or where I’m going is a disorienting yet desired experience. I could use a guide. If you know of a good one, let me know.
But they tell me, only on the difficult path can you hope to discover the unknown.
So say yes.
Yes to disorientation.
There’s been talk of snow, for days, in my little town. So far nothing has materialised. Tomorrow is another day and we shall see if the “snow bomb” (that’s what they’re calling it) will arrive. I hope not, because tomorrow, I have 60 miles and back to cover. And Brits and snowy roads don’t play well together.
Still, if I make it, this will be waiting for me.
If things seem a little weird today, don’t panic. It’s just me experimenting with style and form. I’ve been doing a deep dive in the sub-culture of the newsletter genre, which has seen a rebirth since the days before marketers hijacked the platform and made people hate their inbox. There’s a real interesting mix of newsletters out there. Kind of reminds me of the Zine hey days, back before the Internet.
Remember when this used to excite you. (If you’re a millennial, don’t bother with this link. You wouldn’t understand, it’s a pre-wifi thing)
Made famous, of course, by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. That’s old nostalgia. The new nostalgia is a different beast, made famous by Jonathan Wegener and Benny Wong
I’m learning how to be an Internet artist by creating a narrative mythology around which to self-construct a semi-fictional identity. In case you were wondering, we don’t own our identities any longer.
Who are you really?
Do you even remember who you are or were before the soft machine shape shifted you into someone else? 
Ok. Ok. That’s enough MR Lowe, move on!

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Quote of the Day
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free. - Baruch Spinoza
What I’ve been reading this week…
On the business side I’ve been reading Funky Business: How to enjoy capitalism. It has a Good to Great kind of feel and is writing in a, dare I say it, funky voice. It’s entertaining and helps you think about business in “enlightened” manner.
“Funky Business "tells us that difference rules, and difference comes from the way people think. In this world, we can no longer do "business as usual” - we need funky business. Funky Business will ensure you are always on the right side of change. Only talent will allow you to be unique. Forget what has come before.
I’m back on the Burroughs again this week too. I started reading The Soft Machine which is the first in the Cut-up novels.
Smash the control images - smash the control machine - burn the books - kill the priest - Kill! Kill! Kill!
What I’ve been watching…
I’m planning on starting a curated series on some of my favourite philosophers. Staring with Baruch Spinoza. Here’s a little video primer:
PHILOSOPHY - Baruch Spinoza
PHILOSOPHY - Baruch Spinoza
Alright, until next time. Go out and do great things.
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