The Lifeboat: Links - 2021.09.03

Links №4

Dear wanderer,

Another week flew by. Another email flew into your inbox. It’s filled with links. It’s stuffed with ideas. It is yours (was mine, now yours).


Last week I published some moanings about my experience of selling gems online, thoughts on career choices and the mobile gaming industry.

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I sell gems online
Dear wanderer, It all has started with a weird and sudden question: "Imagine Joe from the middle of nowhere who, instead of buying a meal as his mom told him, spends all his pocket money to buy gems in our game. Will your conscience torture you?" The question seemed like a bad joke comparing it to all previous, and, must be mentioned…
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Although NFT has been trending, the most important thing is not NFTs themselves, but what this new technology can provide to artists in the future and how it can change the creative landscape. Here are three great articles exploring this topic:

  • One of my favourite Thomas J Bevan’s essays is The Soaring Twenties and recently he has published a brilliant follow up in the Hyperion magazine. He discusses the Soaring Twenties in the context of NFTs and related technologies, what does it mean for artists, how it will revolutionise the way artists communicate with their fans, why it is what can make the Soaring Twenties happen.

  • Tangibles and non-fungibles, where Simon from Word.Image.Design. tell us what is truly important in this NFT craze and why we should focus on creating timeless artful pieces: “The stories, the videos, the poems, and the messages that hold real value, the things that stand the test of time, are the things that make a real, long lasting impact. That's where the real value is at.”

  • The Non-Fungible Aristocracy by Justin Murphy, about a new type of aristocracy and potential changes in artistic work in the near future. “Artists with computer skills will be handsomely rewarded, and artists lacking computer skills will see their stock prices fall. Unless they collaborate with programmers, which might be a promising avenue.”

Other things:

  • How It Is Going to Be by Charles Eisenstein is about how individuals shape the future by ‘Here is what shall be’ instead of asking the universe about it. “A More Beautiful World is seeking us. It finds us through our seeking of it.”

  • On the Many Different Engines That Power a Short Story by Lincoln Michel provides an interesting perspective on storytelling. “Just know that whatever is powering your story is as valid as anything else as long as it is powering it. Look for whatever thing gets you to the main thing: actually writing the thing.” Ways of telling a story are endless and the secret lays in combining different approaches, defining them yourself, switching between them to see what works.

  • Charlie Kaufman’s BAFTA talk about writing. He’s one of my favourite writers and this talk has made a big influence on me since the first time I watched it. Kaufman provides an interesting perspective on many things: honesty, sincerity, and acceptance of your identity and ‘weirdness’. It’s less about writing per se but about what does it mean to be a writer, the writer’s role in this world, artistic life (mostly as a screenwriter), and how and why you should write. Here is the lection’s transcript, if you prefer the written version

  • Another hidden Youtube gem is about Leonard Cohen. The film paints his portrait when he was 30, strolling through Monreal, and reading his poetry to crowds.

I will publish a short story called ‘Candy Wrappers’ on Sunday and a monthly digest with more recommendations of books, music and films early next week. Stay tuned.

Until next time,

John