I quit my day job! Leaving is bittersweet, since I still adore the Zcash Foundation team. But after my longest-ever tenure at a single organization — almost exactly two years — it's time to do my own thing.
What might that be? Synthesizing these two statements:
- "The future has to be beautiful enough to want." — Simon Sarris
- "Create artifacts that work for your audience." — Nadia Eghbal
I'm going to create, I'm going to commission others to create, and I'm going to share the results with you. A handful of collaborations are in the works right now, to be published in the coming weeks and months. (!!!!)
In terms of format the output will roughly look like, ahhh, 😒 "internet posts" largely collected on "a website," 🤪 but c'mon isn't it a bit déclassé to say that in so many words? 😉
My fundamental question remains the same: How and why do people organize themselves in the ways that they do? What is the shape of human nature, the history of its contours? People, man, what on earth makes them tick?
As with most things, it depends! No compendium of biological schematics can rival a living organism, but nonetheless dissection is a revealing practice.
I do realize that it seems nuts to abandon a steady paycheck given, y'know, the state of the world. I've been fruitfully struggling to explain:
Ultimately it is folly to attempt persuasion. The raw truth is that I trust my gut, and my gut says now is the right time. Compulsive instinct is not the same as blind faith — my gut is highly attuned! — but clarity of conviction is an individual experience.
My gut also says that you (well, enough of you) will be excited about this prospect as well. Here's how I put it on my refreshed about page:
Do you fuck with the vision? Then fund it.
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There is existing members-only work to explore:
But if you're not enticed yet, that's fine! Stick around. Marathon not a sprint and all that.
USA-based members will receive a printed zine every month, whereas international subscribers are stuck with the bum deal of digital-only. It was this or nothing, at least for the time being.
You're used to being charged an arm and a leg for shipping, now try paying the same price as everybody else but getting less in exchange! Seriously though, if this implementation of international inclusion is something that sounds worth the asking price, be my very welcome guest 💖
For those of you based in the United States, especially if you're not keen on subscriptions, I do have something else to offer...
Joy in secret and the joy of secrets; hidden sanctuary and the horror of its exposure; cards held close to the chest for reasons that are nobody else's business, but here take a peek anyway 👀
(If you were already a ✨ Sonya Supposedly member 💫 before receiving this email, please be aware that your copy is on its way to you in the mail!)
Phew, okay, that was a lot. But wait, two last things:
- For interesting links, check out my nifty new subreddit (which is also RSS-compatible).
- Guidance wanted!
Thank you for reading to the end! Kbye, talk soon.
The header image is Red Parrot on the Branch of a Tree, a woodblock print designed by Itō Jakuchū.