Lawrence von Zahn (AKA Andrew) is creating drawings, stories, philosophy, and quatsch
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Dear friends, relatives, and faceless fairies of the internet,

Seven friends of mine and I are starting a cooperative enterprise. That cooperative enterprise’s name is Rabbl, and Rabbl is a culture, education, and media production cooperative.

Rabbl is cool. How cool? Here’s what we do:

  • Rabbl Events organizes cultural and educational community events, our premiere event being ‘Blind Fields Hamburg’, which is an exhibition and workshop project in collaboration with artist and researcher Danijel Šivinjski.
  • Rabbl Tours offers original, alternative walking tours of Hamburg written and presented by our very own Rabbl “Street Historians”, including the World War Tour, Second Sex Tour, and Hamburg Riot Tour.
  • FinalDraft provides proofreading, corrections, consulting, and coaching on writing in the English language — going beyond mere style and grammar by helping our clients to develop their concepts under the rubric, “Write what you mean”.
  • … aaaaaand finally, R_ag, the Rabbl Magazine, which is my love and joy, the twinkle in my eye, and the fruit of my … brain. Rabbl Magazine — “Hamburg’s First International Online Street Magazine” — seeks to provide news and information about alternative events in Hamburg to its international community, while also posting original cultural and educational works by our cooperative and in cooperation with others in the city. As you may see, we try to balance a sense of humour with a pinch of worldliness and smidgen of communal love.
Surprise surprise (I was not surprised), starting a cooperative is a lot of work, even with such supportive coworkers (“cos”) as the ones I am privileged to have in Rabbl. We all support each other. Without them, there would be no Rabbl Events and Rabbl Tours. Nor would FinalDraft have turned into what it is, and I am happy to credit the name “Rabbl” — which started out as the Magazine — to them.

What does that work involve? In addition to R_ag — Rabbl Magazine — which is the branch of Rabbl I “lead”, I am also the “technical secretary” of Rabbl Events as well as a “co” at FinalDraft, and I do my part to support Rabbl Tours. For the cooperative I do anything from web design to copywriting to carpentry to writing and editing for the R_ag. I have two blogs planned: “A Will to Change” — a blog about behavioural patriarchy — and “Hamburg 1867” — a philosophy of political-economy blog. Moreover, I have several stories and scripts in the works, in addition to posting about events in Hamburg that I like.

And then there’s the bureaucratic nightmare that is doing anything at all in Germany…. Let’s not get into that.

— All of this I am doing instead of my philosophy PhD dissertation, because at the moment I cannot juggle both, because I need a source of income. I took a risk in helping to form Rabbl, and I am currently the only of our cos able to work on Rabbl full time. I do this gladly, because I know that my cos have other important things to do at this time, such as teach, volunteer, and simply keep their heads above the water.

My goal with Rabbl is to allow my coworkers to fulfil their hearts’ desires, as well as my own. My heart's desire is to live writing both fiction and philosophy, but also have a hands-on creative outlet. So far, Rabbl is doing that wonderfully, except for the fact that I am poor. We’re still a fledgling enterprise, so that makes a lot of sense, but it is also my heart’s desire to finish my PhD dissertation, titled “Need Democracy”, which I am happy to say is turning out to be quite an original work. And it is my heart’s desire to not just work, but to and enjoy live life. After all, we all need to remember that work is in order to support life, and, to me, Rabbl is a reminder of that.

We do not always choose our heart’s desires, but we do choose whether and how to pursue them. I want to both Rabbl and my dissertation my all, while remaining healthy and stress-free and able to love. I immensely enjoy what I do, but it is very hard work, and I want others to enjoy as well, so I need your support.

If you can, please drop a coin into my tin cup.

Love,

Yours sincerely,

Andrew
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One Chapter Per Month!

A Fish out of Water
is the first instalment of a sci-fi book I've been working on since time immemorial. Originally called The Pirate Hunters, the story takes place in a dystopian future on our planet Earth ravaged by capitalism and global warming. Genetically engineered monsters plague the landscape as an endless war wages between the Contra and the so-called "Pirates".

The story follows three main characters, starting with Alexander "Phi" Faustus, a contemplative, nature-loving, dark-humoured but light-hearted ex-marine. After he's left for dead and dragged out of the water by seeming fishers, he joins a third group -- the Archangels -- in the hopes of bringing an end to the conflict, or maybe just finding his place.

The themes of the book are identity, race, genetics, animal rights, and women's liberation. It takes a look at how patriarchal, individualistic hyper-masculinity permeates our deepest thoughts and feelings, driving us towards destruction and blinding us to the people around us. A Fish out of Water is just the first book of six, the rest also being animal:

A Cat Has Nine Lives
An Albatross about the Neck
A Snake in the Grass
A Shark Never Sleeps
An Elephant Never Forgets

That's a lot of writing! My pledge is that if I reach 500 dollars a month, then I will match that with one chapter per month. With 18 chapters in total, that means I'll be finished with the first book within a year and a half. (Sooner, because at least seven chapters are already written -- later, because I have massive rewrites to do ;))

Help a writer out!


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Dear friends, relatives, and faceless fairies of the internet,

Seven friends of mine and I are starting a cooperative enterprise. That cooperative enterprise’s name is Rabbl, and Rabbl is a culture, education, and media production cooperative.

Rabbl is cool. How cool? Here’s what we do:

  • Rabbl Events organizes cultural and educational community events, our premiere event being ‘Blind Fields Hamburg’, which is an exhibition and workshop project in collaboration with artist and researcher Danijel Šivinjski.
  • Rabbl Tours offers original, alternative walking tours of Hamburg written and presented by our very own Rabbl “Street Historians”, including the World War Tour, Second Sex Tour, and Hamburg Riot Tour.
  • FinalDraft provides proofreading, corrections, consulting, and coaching on writing in the English language — going beyond mere style and grammar by helping our clients to develop their concepts under the rubric, “Write what you mean”.
  • … aaaaaand finally, R_ag, the Rabbl Magazine, which is my love and joy, the twinkle in my eye, and the fruit of my … brain. Rabbl Magazine — “Hamburg’s First International Online Street Magazine” — seeks to provide news and information about alternative events in Hamburg to its international community, while also posting original cultural and educational works by our cooperative and in cooperation with others in the city. As you may see, we try to balance a sense of humour with a pinch of worldliness and smidgen of communal love.
Surprise surprise (I was not surprised), starting a cooperative is a lot of work, even with such supportive coworkers (“cos”) as the ones I am privileged to have in Rabbl. We all support each other. Without them, there would be no Rabbl Events and Rabbl Tours. Nor would FinalDraft have turned into what it is, and I am happy to credit the name “Rabbl” — which started out as the Magazine — to them.

What does that work involve? In addition to R_ag — Rabbl Magazine — which is the branch of Rabbl I “lead”, I am also the “technical secretary” of Rabbl Events as well as a “co” at FinalDraft, and I do my part to support Rabbl Tours. For the cooperative I do anything from web design to copywriting to carpentry to writing and editing for the R_ag. I have two blogs planned: “A Will to Change” — a blog about behavioural patriarchy — and “Hamburg 1867” — a philosophy of political-economy blog. Moreover, I have several stories and scripts in the works, in addition to posting about events in Hamburg that I like.

And then there’s the bureaucratic nightmare that is doing anything at all in Germany…. Let’s not get into that.

— All of this I am doing instead of my philosophy PhD dissertation, because at the moment I cannot juggle both, because I need a source of income. I took a risk in helping to form Rabbl, and I am currently the only of our cos able to work on Rabbl full time. I do this gladly, because I know that my cos have other important things to do at this time, such as teach, volunteer, and simply keep their heads above the water.

My goal with Rabbl is to allow my coworkers to fulfil their hearts’ desires, as well as my own. My heart's desire is to live writing both fiction and philosophy, but also have a hands-on creative outlet. So far, Rabbl is doing that wonderfully, except for the fact that I am poor. We’re still a fledgling enterprise, so that makes a lot of sense, but it is also my heart’s desire to finish my PhD dissertation, titled “Need Democracy”, which I am happy to say is turning out to be quite an original work. And it is my heart’s desire to not just work, but to and enjoy live life. After all, we all need to remember that work is in order to support life, and, to me, Rabbl is a reminder of that.

We do not always choose our heart’s desires, but we do choose whether and how to pursue them. I want to both Rabbl and my dissertation my all, while remaining healthy and stress-free and able to love. I immensely enjoy what I do, but it is very hard work, and I want others to enjoy as well, so I need your support.

If you can, please drop a coin into my tin cup.

Love,

Yours sincerely,

Andrew

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