When my friend, the talented and successful Tracy Cooper-Posey of Stories Rule, found my Slow Culture article online, she asked if her kind words of encouragement, earlier this year, had been too much pressure. Far from it! I was inspired by her interest and impressed by the work she is doing. Slow culture isn't anti-anything. It's a style that makes staying in the creative space possible for me, now, with the Okal Rel Universe in particular. I have the greatest respect for
If I was incubating the Okal Rel Saga today, it would feature heroes overcoming the tragedy of the commons: CO2 emissions, plastic pollution, and the general using-up of the irreplaceable on the trivial or transitory. In the 70s, as a teenager, nuclear war was the existential threat and women's liberation the social challenge. Hence the "How not to destroy the world once you can " theme: Sevolites fight with swords to avoid planet-killing warfare and Reetions reply on their b
One face of #slowculture is declining to engage in a losing proposition of pitching pennies at the moon in favor of redefining the turf. Might some of the phenomena below be cousins? 'Lying Flat' movement of Millennials in China. (1) Disillusionment of students whose education fails to deliver a career (2) Minimalism (3) Endnotes (1) First encountered on Youtube but fleshed out in news article like Chinese millennials 'lying flat' doing nothing gets Beijing worried. (2) Here'
I started capturing screenshots of myself on zoom meetings with the notion they might be a great way to generate a collection of pictures for something. Turns out this is the something. I'll use them as the graphics to accompany a weekly journal of ideas and things I want to follow up on with a bit of research, future project or Reality Skimming article. "History seems a lot like physics in that stuff you thought was nice and solid turns all fuzzy when you take a close enough
I was looking for hashtags in use when came across tagdef.com for the first time, and registered #slowculture ... then I looked for #okalrel and discovered I'd defined it in 2016! Sort of feels like my younger self is helping me out. Of course, I have no memory of doing this in 2016 but that just makes it magic. :-)