I started this publication hoping there were more people out there like me who see the connections between the arts, history, and the current moment. I find myself scratching my head every time there is a culture war dust-up or online controversy that I know would be a lot less divisive if people just knew the historical context. Personally, I’m starting to worry I look like this to the rest of the world:
That’s why I want to know who YOU are. Please respond to this email or comment in the open thread on any or all of the following:
Who are you, where are you from, and what are your hobbies and passions?
What made you follow MY Substack publication?
What’s your favorite read on Substack currently? (Totally looking for recommendations here!)
I look forward to hearing from you!
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I saw that you subscribed and so I subscribed back. Why did you subscribe to me and where did you find me?
1. I am Parrhesia and I'm from [redacted] ;). I like writing, reading, running, and playing games.
2. You followed me first!
3. Scott Alexander is a good recommendation
Hi Kathleen, nice idea for a conversation starter! I'm a former small company executive who decided to step out of the rat race and focus on writing and thinking (and, like you, seeing the connections in the world, though I look in different places). I'm from Snohomish, Washington, where I walk incessantly, bake, occasionally drive my car on a race track, and now write a regular Substack newsletter. I guess I'm passionate about curiosity and the application of attention to one's circumstances as the path to serenity.
I don't recall precisely where I got tipped to your Substack--it seems likely I stumbled upon it from another Substack. Current favorites: Erik Hoel's The Intrinsic Perspective, George Saunder's Story Club, and Tom Watson's Newsletter.
Hi! I came from a very artsy family; we would talk about movies, music (of all types) and paintings with regularity, and several of my siblings are still involved in the arts in some way or other. I'm currently working on music and poetry here and there, while also writing about art and aesthetics from a more-or-less Christian perspective. I share your fascination with how art interacts with the broader culture. I think I also found you via office hours on Substack. I read about thirty or so newsletters; some favorites are Ryan Broderick's Garbage Day ("having fun on the internet") and Duncan Reyburn's Eucatastophologist.
Hi, I'm also a Substacker who's a project manager by day. I like lots of bits about pop culture but I'm also interested in writing, cognition, knowledge management, etc. All of the controversies around COVID-19 have been factors in my interest. think I found you via Substack Office hours and I'm a new subscriber . I'm enjoying The Bus for its variety of topics. Good luck!
Call me Phisto. Plain, simple Phisto.
As far as who or what I am, please see the following: https://phistosobanii.substack.com/p/whats-a-phisto?utm_source=%2Fprofile%2F25059567-phisto-sobanii&utm_medium=reader2