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Robin Rendle’s Gorgeous Essay on Newsletters

I haven’t been surprised by the internet in a while. There’s all the common rants:

Social media sucks! Social media is the life changing wonder stick!

Substack sucks! Subtsack is majestical!

The 90s was the best decade ever! No! The 60s were utopia!

And all the other back-and-forth of opinions and wild fantasies that the internet harbors.

But then Robin Rendle‘s essay fell into my inbox – twice. (H.T. Austin Kleon and Alan Jacobs) His love note to newsletters and hope of a web for all, made for a bout of I’m finishing-this-damn-essay reading.

But it’s how he unleashed his essay, that shook my internet insides:

Using a combination of oldtimey illustrations, and funny, direct copy, he kills.

But it’s the scroll-and-read format of the essay which made it as memorable as the essay itself. I felt like I was slaloming through the piece rather than reading it.

Screenshots are weak.

Experience, read, view, contemplate, or disagree with Robin’s essay in it’s entirety below:

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Four Panel Friday (on Saturday): Austin Kleon’s Keep Going

Nothing to see here…

With my comics tucked away in storage I relied on happenstance for this weeks post. I was flipping through Austin Kleon’s book – Keep Going, and then POW! Mission accomplished.

Kleon doesn’t consider himself a cartoonist but he’s drawn and posted so many of these he’s becoming dangerously close.

An incredible toilet read, Keep Going is definitely a must purchase.

From: Keep Going – 10 Ways to Stay Creative In Good Times and Bad

By: Austin Kleon

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Jason Polan Tributes

You couldn’t look at Jason’s drawings and not be compelled to draw.

Two heartfelt tributes to an inspirational artist:

Draw whatever you want, by Austin Kleon

No One Looked at New York Like Jason Polan, by Jerry Saltz


Blogs Still Exist. Have a Read.

Blogs are still breathing.

The ones listed below have been live for at least 5 or more years. They all post on a near daily basis.

Suggestion: add them to your RSS feed if you still have one. Or don’t.

Marginal Revolution

Author(s): Alex Tabarrok, Tyler Cowen,

Challenges my default beliefs on public policy and economics. Introduces me to disciplines I’d never seek out on my own. The posts are primarily business and economics focused, but Marginal Revolution also acts as a helpful resource for writers.

Austin Kleon

Author: Austin Kleon

Austin blogs on art and writing and parenting. Then he dashes in some posts on music and dabs on a bit of life encouragement. Then he bakes it all together into a tasty content strudel.

His blog doubles as a timeline of his book writing process. You can correlate past posts to passages in his published books. It’s like he’s writing a book for you, in real time, right before your eyes.

Snakes and Ladders

Author: Alan Jacobs

My favorite non football football blog. Alan is the Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Baylor University and the most intelligent modern writer on Christianity I know. Occasionally he’ll post about football. And when he does, his observations on the game are heartfelt and true.


Author: Jason Kottke

A hypnotizing blog.

Jason posts a variety of cool shit. ALL THE TIME. But don’t fear, is organized and well tagged, making searching through it’s archives a rabbit hole of pleasure.

The quick links section is updated constantly and aren’t highlighted in blue or underlined. They look like standard, un-linked paragraphs. A subtle and appealing design touch.