Note — Nov 11, 2018

Primes by Robin Sloan

In his latest issue, Sloan had this excellent bit about newsletters. (His archives are closed so I’m linking to the signup.)

In addition to sending several email newsletters, I subscribe to many, and I talk about them a lot; you might have heard me say this at some point (or seen me type it) but I think any artist or scholar or person-in-the-world today, if they don’t have one already, needs to start an email list immediately. […]

Why? Because we simply cannot trust the social networks, or any centralized commercial platform, with these cliques and crews most vital to our lives, these bands of fellow-travelers who are — who must be — the first to hear about all good things. Email is definitely not ideal, but it is: decentralized, reliable, and not going anywhere — and more and more, those feel like quasi-magical properties.