One more thing: I’ve never found CDs or cassette tapes to be particularly valued ways of listening to music. CDs, in particular, are a brittle delivery mechanism for music that sounds basically the same as what you’d get from iTunes. This is only a smidge less corny than talking about the warmth of vinyl and the way it friggin breathes; but, for me, a vinyl record is a fantastic way of expressing the personal value of an album.
This review of Control will contain spoilers, more specifically spoilers about bosses and side quests. So if you do not want to be spoiled on those, this is your warning. I will be placing this warning about the read more tag so you don’t see the whole post on the front page.
The problem with sending messages was that people responded to them, which meant one had to write more messages in reply.
— Page 128, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
I first found out about this book in May of 2019 from Andrew Liptak’s review of it for The Verge. The premise of the book caught my attention and I immediately placed a hold for it in my city’s library system. I was finally able to get my hands on a copy in September of 2019. This book is popular and after having reading it, I can see why.
I cannot recall the last time I wrote a book review and I certainly do not remember if there are any formal structures defined for this sort of writing. So I will make the structure up as I see fit for this review.
This post was inspired by a essay by Darius Kazemi titled “How to run a small social network for your friends” which I highly encourage you read before you read this.
I will be talking about my own experience in being part of and creating online communities and a lot of Darius’ thoughts on the matter closely reflect how I have grown to think about online communities and their dynamics.
Going forward, I am putting a pause to the weekly “Things I have read” and the monthly Bandcamp picks posts.
For the first one, I feel like it works out better to share things I’ve read as I read them on my micro-blog instead of collecting them in a list to post at the end of each week. That format sometimes also leads to me reading things just so I can put them on the list instead of something I genuinely enjoyed reading.
As for the second one, I underestimated just how much time and energy it requires to actually do music discovery on Bandcamp on a regular basis. These days, I simply don’t have the requisite time and mental energy to go through music and pick out things I like every month.
So going forward, this blog is going to focus more on longer form posts that are way too long for my micro-blog.