Let me tell you about this new project: The Quarterly Correspondence. It is a quarterly essay posted to your house, unavailable online.
- The great, untouchable weapon (#01, March 2023)
- I had to learn how to Wife (#02, July 2023)
- We need Art, not Labels (#03, November 2023)
- How to destroy Isolationism (#04, February 2024)
Make sure you’re on the list. Go to https://ko-fi.com/s/9dd9c8a633.
Background: From where does the Quarterly Correspondence emerge?
In my art practice lately I’ve been questioning the value of being online. This has chiefly come about after an experiment in which I’ve been trolling LinkedIn with conservative views on everything from politics to womanhood.
Without exception, those who would consider themselves to be Left or liberal in terms of political views–meaning, those who hold tight to sexual categorisation, or definitions of identity based on physical characteristics (most often race)–are triggered to the point of exasperation.
Without exception, their responses take the form of, ‘I think you’ve missed the point…‘. This statement is then followed by long, convoluted tracts of irrelevant material, even when they’re asked a direct question. If that direct question challenges their social programming, they’re unable to answer any question that asks them to explain how X is not Y. They’re unable to accept any view that doesn’t fall in line with their own views of reality, either. I had one woman who asked me to clarify the question, ‘How is XYZ not race-based thinking?’. The answer was, ‘Well it is,’ but the dissonance forced her into vaguery.
I’m sure that most people consider me to a bigoted, nasty, racist, right-wing Nazi as a result. Funny, isn’t it, how racist thinking is ok when you’re categorising people from one perspective but not from another?
In any case, it’s spawned a new experiment, a new project, titled The Quarterly Correspondence.
The Quarterly Correspondence takes my most focused writing thinking offline
I’ve done the offline thing before, in monthly letters. Monthly is fun, but it’s also insupportable for a few reasons:
- it’s a challenging timeline to master, especially when you’re parenting a toddler full-time and not working full-time
- it doesn’t allow for the deeper thinking and careful pondering to occur, which fuels focused, beautiful and challenging works
- it requires a faster-paced sales cycle: Fast-paced publishing requires fast-paced sales.
I’m not into fast anymore. I’m into slow. Slow life, slow art, real-world connection.
What it involves
The Quarterly Correspondence involves one letter and one essay every three months. Subscribers always begin at Issue #01.
The essays are not for the feint-of-heart. Thus far, the planned essays are zeitgeist-challenging. They rub up against the Current Thing more often than they support it. They may ask those who have been educated in a socialist tertiary environment (which is most of us, if we’ve gone to university in the past 30 years) to shift their view.
So given you’re here, and you’ve read this far, I’d like to invite you into Wonderland.
This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.Morpheus, The Matrix
Take one, or take a year
There are two ways you can take up the Correspondence:
You can buy just one.
Or you can buy a year’s worth and get first four issues sent to you one after the other.