J. Martin

July 10, 2022

Snakes and Letters

Last week, after finally getting around to fixing up the balcony, I sat outside every free minute and enjoyed every degree of Fahrenheit. For no particular reason, then, this (slightly abbreviated) quote from John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor came to my mind—“Blind Nature howls without, but here ’tis calm—how dare we leave? Yet lookee round you at these men that dine and play at cards! They remind me of the chickens I once saw fed to a giant snake in Africa: when the snake struck one the others squawked and fluttered, but a moment after they were scratching about for corn, or standing on his very back to preen their feathers!” Which, in turn, reminded me of another (also slightly abbreviated) quote from John Barth’s epistolary novel LETTERS—“Meanwhile, we enjoy a tranquil apocalypse between those Cycles: an entr’acte of calm calamity.” Guess I’d better leave it at that today.

Last week, I wrote about Conan the Wanderer on my Voidpunk blog, the fourth installment of my scenic journey through the Lancer edition of Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age stories. Then, I uploaded a new album on Flickr with 30 images of stuff that moves from the Technology Museum in Berlin; a re-edited shot on Glass of wall-mounted fire hydrants at Itaewon Station in Seoul, South Korea; and one post each at my Instagram accounts betweendrafts and voidpunkverse, as usual.

My game recommendation this week is this Indie Bundle for Abortion Funds at itch.io, three days to go, with an incredible amount of games and assets from 855 creators, among them games I recommended in past newsletters, like A Mortician’s Tale, all of which you can get for $10 or more. And if that’s not enough, there’s another bundle, Worthy of Better, Stronger Together for Reproductive Rights, five days to go, with content from 120 creators, also for $10 or more.

For the Sunday Funnies, a loose collection of WTFs: “I finished that API integration”; “Mexico City's most inclined street” (whole thread); and this website with Absurd Trolley Problems