The Cultures Ep 294: Airpods, Apologies, Ending Stories, Teaching Programming

Listen to episode 294 of my weekly podcast with Andrea Phillips and Naomi Alderman:

OK, so it’s just Adrian this episode – due to life happenings, it’s been difficult for us to all get together these past few weeks and so rather than leave you hanging, we thought we should post at least something to tide you over. He’s not used to recording on his own, so please forgive any awkwardness!

Yes, I’m Starting a Newsletter

I’m starting a weekly(ish) email newsletter called Ultra Magic. Don’t like newsletters? That’s OK, everything I write in the newsletter will appear on this blog, so if you use an RSS reader to follow this blog (or you just type in the URL, like a savage), I salute you and I promise it’ll keep working.

The truth is, I would like more people to read what I write – partly because it’d encourage me to write more regularly – and I don’t think that the way I write online is compatible with that goal. Yes, I share my blog posts on Twitter, and sometimes they’re retweeted and far reach beyond my own followers, but Twitter remains a fundamentally ephemeral medium, and I get the nagging feeling that even people who follow me invariably don’t see my blog post-tweets.

Not that I imagine all ~5000 of my Twitter followers would care to read all of my posts! But a newsletter would at least offer a new way for people to keep up to date with everything I write here (excluding all the automated podcast posts, don’t worry!).

It’d also let me experiment with different kinds of writing. I’ve backed myself into a more formal, impersonal style lately which has made it difficult to summon the energy to write. I could just change this, but there’s a reason why a lot of writers enjoy email newsletters – it’s a way to loosen up and be a bit more conversational than in a blog publication.

So that’s what I’m aiming for with this newsletter: writing more, and writing more freely. If that sounds good, please sign up, and let me know what you think!

The Cultures Ep 290: Recent Books We Like!

Listen to episode 290 of my weekly podcast with Andrea Phillips and Naomi Alderman: