Happy trails to all the cybre.space folks and thanks for making this instance such a chill one! If all goes well I will be transferring over to @coleoptera soon-ish.

pics from trip to wales 

@shadsy it was SOOO COOL very puzzle game lol

-- I See / You Mean by Lucy Lippard: Yes THAT Lucy Lippard! I love her work curating and documenting the conceptual art movement and she also wrote a novel in the early 70s. What's particularly striking about it is how it feels like it is so lucidly doing what a bunch of “small group of twentysomething friends has fluctuating complicated relationships” contemporary lit novels, especially those with a slightly experimental edge and/or vague political engagement in their format, are trying to do, but better and with a ton more depth and compassion for its characters, who are also way more interesting, actually bisexual, have goals and desires and history etc, even if I didn’t think all of the choices re: how all this played out were necessarily good. I still enjoyed it a lot.

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pics from trip to wales 

explored some trains/forests/beaches/villages/arcades/etc with the coolest ppl this weekend

-- Love and Gymnastics by Edmondo de Amicis: Back on the erotic novella and this one really reminded me of why I enjoy these things! Like Venus In Furs they're fun in their unbridled enthusiasm, this time over a lady gymnast who is repeatedly described as huge, alluringly masculine, powerful, etc (and she doesn't end up having to become demure and feminine in the end to be "tamed," that the protagonist would just be like a wimpy little guy who follows her around is portrayed as perfectly fine lol) but also always cuttingly political in a way that more deliberately "political" fiction often is not, in this case on the role of health and physical education in the rhetorical formation of an Italian nationalism that would, in a few decades, become fascism. Really interesting stuff.

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@sinvega There's a kind of Americana-imagery and motorcycles subculture called "Yankii," I used to work at a burrito place near the Harley Davidson plant and we had a Japanese couple in like full leather biker gear with their own american bikes drop by as tourists one time, that was memorable lol

-- Aliens and Anorexia by Chris Kraus: A reread but a much needed one! I still love it; it's influenced my own work so much but also I first encountered it at exactly the right time, when I most needed failure and alienation to be alchemized into self-understanding, confidence, decoding and following what I really want, into the community of aliens all across the world.

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Also yeah, I am making plans to move to an alternate instance as cybre winds down! I'll link the new account once it's set up

-- The Employees by Olga Ravn: Again one that I felt myself getting into over the course of the middle due to some killer imagery and ideas but ultimately had trouble connecting to because I found the particular style of writing so artificial and annoying. In this case it's what I have seen elsewhere called trendy-evasive mixed with a bit of the SFF mystification (truly two of my least favorite things) resulting in texts presented as in-world documents where people speak both more poetically and more vaguely than you would expect them to, with both Proper Nouns and vague terms loaded with implication... Sure the vagueness between the human/oid crewmembers was thematically important but a lot of the time I just felt like it would have benefited from spitting it out and saying what was going on BECAUSE that theme is so interesting to me, and like a lot of non sf writers dabbling in sf it kind of wound it down in a pretty overdone way re humanity accidentally creates a new autonomous intelligence plots

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bias report: it's written by my spouse, but he is objectively the best at writing about games

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My latest story is up on the Red Futures site, about personality tests and work wifery, and there's also a new prompt for exploring speculative food writing, check it outttt: redfuturesmag.com/scrap-heap/

type of games industry discourse guy 

Anyways I feel like I got involved the last three times a no-nuance, ahistorical take based on not having read anything from at least the frankfurt school on cast its shadow upon my door... and they're still functionally the same, so I have to assume it's not a conversation! Plus I am more oriented towards keeping the flame of deprofessionalized art alive by trying to ensure a culture of reception for it anyways.

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type of games industry discourse guy 

"Almost done working my way through this alphabetical list of Marxist concepts that will allow me to deploy a few simple, static categories to win any online argument. Now to take a big sip of coffee and click on "Vulgar Marxism"..."

My latest story is up on the Red Futures site, about personality tests and work wifery, and there's also a new prompt for exploring speculative food writing, check it outttt: redfuturesmag.com/scrap-heap/

a potpourri of zines from @coleoptera ‘s Plaintext Distro!
(sorry for repost i needed to cover everyone’s address)

@exquisitecorp oh and also I can just email you the pdfs for the ones you ordered now, if you're eager to look at them or have access to a printer yourself!

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Cybrespace

the mastodon instance at cybre.space is retiring

see the end-of-life plan for details: https://cybre.space/~chr/cybre-space-eol