AMA, Everest Pipkin, Craig Mod, and a selection of poetic websites
Another Week, Another Newsletter — Observations From The Internet Wilderness.
“It is a nice life.” Or maybe Uno said; “it is a nice light,” because he was looking into the magic hour from our balcony. Uno tends to appreciate beauty with a spoken “wauw,” like when he sees a yellow flower, a portion of french fries, or a stripped wool top.
In the coming three weeks, we are on the road to visit family and work. It is an appropriate time to order a postcard — or follow my pop-up newsletter experiment where I’ll send a phone photo each day while traveling, only to delete the entire list when we return to Athens. The newsletter is called Wauw.
The Next Thing is a folder poem.
Weather this sentence is a script generating a random sentence with a HTML color name.
Bouquet is a series of HTML flower decorations.
Everest Pipkin is one of the first names I mention when people ask me where to find inspiration. They live on a sheep farm in southern New Mexico, where they nurture lambs, fruit trees and lyrical websites. Their words are tender and powerful and their work is soft and rich. I recommend following via their linked RSS feed.
“Writing to you late at night, yet again avoiding the work I should be doing toward a rapidly approaching deadline. That said, I just spent some 2 hours recording unusable audio (wrong mic settings) so give a tired person their relief. I am here to cross something off the to-do list.” — Everest Pipkin
Pop-Up Newsletters are the Greatest Newsletters
“Wauw” is obviously inspired by the great newsletter master Craig Mod, a fellow walker who documents the poetry of overlooked Japanese places in books and pop-up newsletters. The latter is the subject of the linked post. If you are interested in experimenting with newsletter formats, you might want to join our private Are.na channel, where we are an informal assembly of writers collecting inspiration for conspiracies.
“Most newsletters would benefit from being time-boxed or run in a “pop-up” style. That is: Seasonal, or with a hard stop.” — Craig Mod
Ask Me Anything
Sarah: What are you creating in 2023?
Kristoffer: Within the next two months, I’ll launch a conference as an extension of Naive Weekly. Some of my absolute favorite web poets are joining. It’s surreal. I’ll also wrap up a small project where I play with domain names to reflect on kinship, legibility, and the practice of naming websites. Looking further ahead, I have a handful of personal projects that require my attention — and words that request a medium.
Monique: What’s been on your mind lately?
K: The size of the universe, it scares me, Uno’s broken tooth, words and their worlds, death, pistachio icecream with olive oil and salt, FC Copenhagen, if I should introduce colors to my wardrobe, and if so, what colors, the Mediterranean life, sunflowers, Aphrodite, Athens, ancient sights and websites, Ana’s gaze and growth, taking risks, being comfortable with pain and causing sorrow, writing, the names of plants and their parts, friendship, everything I avoid, manual labor, work, and how fortunate I am.
Tinka: A book that you would recommend to anyone?
K: Deborah Levy’s Real Estate. It reads as a summer ocean swim with gentle pages, soft characters, and glittering portals to the art of living. It is the final book of her autofiction trilogy, and unlike usual, I recommend the hardcover edition. If anybody is short on money, I’m happy to gift this book to one or two readers (just write me your address, no explanation needed).
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