Johanna Drott is creating Discursive anomalies
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Heya! It's me, social media user sargoth! Thank you for reading this instead of doing literally all other possible things in the universe!

Ever since 2009, I've started a new blog on Valentine's Day. Every year I come up with a new theme or concept, and write towards these themes or concepts to see if they work. If they do not work, I try to learn what I can from the endeavor and move on. If they do work, I keep at it. Some ideas fly, some crash and burn. Occasionally, good writing comes out of it. At all times, learning continues.

As these are texts I would have written regardless of Patreon, there are and will be no supporter bonuses or unlocks. This is not a Patreon-driven effort, and this page exists on the off-chance that my writing might in some way, some day, pay the rent. However, if you do decide to spare a coin or five, you get my undying and eternal gratitude, guaranteed 100% blockchain-free. I've written at length about my commitment to not having rewards here.

That said, Patreon is currently my only source of income.This information may or may not be relevant to your decision to donate.

There is a discord server wherein new posts are discussed as they appear. You too can become part of this republic of letters by using this invite.

But enough preamble. Let's get to it. Here is a short introduction to my most active sites of writing. Also, links. Lots and lots of links. The good ones.

Topoi for thought (2019): Wherein I write about places in my vicinity, and use them as springboards for thinking about topics such as city planning, social processes (formal as well as informal), and other non-intuitive things a sociology major ponders. New for this year is that it also includes pictures of said places, so if you've ever wondered about the physical qualities of my built environment, now is your chance to find out.

Notable posts:
The shape of things to come

Something magnificent and extraordinary (2018): An item-by-item exploration of the 1999 computer game Alpha Centauri. You did not know you wanted this treatise on just about every aspect of politics in science fiction, but here it is, gradually approaching the status of a completed book. (Having preexisting knowledge of the 1999 computer game Alpha Centauri is completely optional with regards to the reading experience.)

Relationship statues (2017): A big book of small moods. Contains vignettes of everyday situations which tend to pass by unremarked, but which become remarkable once someone notices them. Readers are cautioned that they might end up paying closer attention to situational moods and affects upon closing the tabs.

Notable posts:
What it came down to
Unapologetically wholesome
A messianic moment
One of the smaller moods
The accidental librarian
Shelf spacing
Problem-oriented
Cloud computing
It meows
A principled stance
A dance a day
The lost one

Discursive anomalies (2016): Each post is about a specific thing (a book, a movie, a poem, a series, a genre etc), and performs semi-literary critique at it. The aim is to make the reader see the specific thing in a new light - to make it more anomalous, as it were. The overarching question is not whether the thing is good or bad, but to say something about what we can learn from it.

Notable posts:
Notes on the new town
Sailing to Byzantium
A cyborg manifesto
Astrology
Walking in the city
The first five lines of Marty Robbins' Big Iron
Deep time of the media
Digital aesthetics
How to write about music
How fortunate the man with none
In the swarm
To our friends

Remix IT to the streets (2012): This is the voice of me, talking about current events and things I find interesting. Most recently they have tended to be about education, politics and ideology.

Notable posts:
Freeriding the dark train of anxiety (part 1part 2)
The blog post the trolls don't want you to read
Rhetorical self defence
When rhetoricians and pedagogues clash
In the mood for some discourse
Active listening by the numbers
What Marx can tell you about creating youtube videos
That thesis I wrote about Patreon


More longer friend see that sky? (2014): Short, self-contained works of quirky fiction, where the goal is to try ideas out and see if they stick. As the title might suggest, the sky is neither a ceiling or a limit, but something to behold and contemplate, both in the present and as a past thing remembered.

Notable posts:
A question of style
An incomplete list of the different kinds of apocalypse there are
They came, they saw, they conspired
The skateboard academic
How history hacked your hardware
How to become a billionaire
Reverse ancient traditions

A job befitting the benefits
A modest radicalism
Change becomes you
Time management for busy people
Cat person
It follows

Twitter (@sargoth): Follow my thoughts in realtime. It will be fun! There will be birds!
Mastodon (@sargoth): Follow my thoughts in realtime. It will be fun! There will be memes! 

Twitter (@sargoth_ebooks): I'm also a (defunct) bot. Because why not?

I also do some writing in Swedish, which I mention here for completeness (new posts will not be shared here):

Magnihasa
: General purpose, comparable to Remix. The 2009 original.
Twitter (@piratkatt): My realtime thoughts, but in an obscure language. 

If you've read this far, you've probably noticed the reward tiers on the right hand side. The tiers are based on the five categories into which all things can be sorted - cats, bears, snakes, spiders and birds. These categories are all equal in each respect, and one tier (pun intended) being higher than the other is purely a cosmetic concession to the need to name things. Strategic Patreon minmaxing would dictate using something less idiosyncratic, but - nah. Idiosyncrasy is the name of the game.

Thank you for reading this introductory text. There is more text, to be sure. Just scroll down ever so slightly, and there you have it. -
Tiers
Cat tier
$1 or more per month
Cats. The only thing that could possibly improve them is more of them.
Bear tier
$5 or more per month
Bears. Big, hairy, cuddly, considerate, caring, generous. Bears.
Snake tier
$10 or more per month
Snakes. Solid sassy beings surfing the information superhighway. On skateboards. 
Spider tier
$25 or more per month
Spiders. The architects and maintenance crews of the interwebs. 
Bird tier
$50 or more per month
Birds. [a long silence, wherein ambient bird sounds can be enjoyed; like all virtues, a good unto itself]
Bragging rights tier
$100 or more per month
You have transcended the five categories into which all things can be sorted. This is quite an accomplishment, and you should be proud. Truly, you have earned the right to brag, and should feel free to make swift use of it whenever the situation so requires.
Paying the rent tier
$350 or more per month
You are now officially paying my rent. You live here now.
Goals
$53 of $60 per month
At this point, I can retroactively afford removing the wordpress ads.
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Heya! It's me, social media user sargoth! Thank you for reading this instead of doing literally all other possible things in the universe!

Ever since 2009, I've started a new blog on Valentine's Day. Every year I come up with a new theme or concept, and write towards these themes or concepts to see if they work. If they do not work, I try to learn what I can from the endeavor and move on. If they do work, I keep at it. Some ideas fly, some crash and burn. Occasionally, good writing comes out of it. At all times, learning continues.

As these are texts I would have written regardless of Patreon, there are and will be no supporter bonuses or unlocks. This is not a Patreon-driven effort, and this page exists on the off-chance that my writing might in some way, some day, pay the rent. However, if you do decide to spare a coin or five, you get my undying and eternal gratitude, guaranteed 100% blockchain-free. I've written at length about my commitment to not having rewards here.

That said, Patreon is currently my only source of income.This information may or may not be relevant to your decision to donate.

There is a discord server wherein new posts are discussed as they appear. You too can become part of this republic of letters by using this invite.

But enough preamble. Let's get to it. Here is a short introduction to my most active sites of writing. Also, links. Lots and lots of links. The good ones.

Topoi for thought (2019): Wherein I write about places in my vicinity, and use them as springboards for thinking about topics such as city planning, social processes (formal as well as informal), and other non-intuitive things a sociology major ponders. New for this year is that it also includes pictures of said places, so if you've ever wondered about the physical qualities of my built environment, now is your chance to find out.

Notable posts:
The shape of things to come

Something magnificent and extraordinary (2018): An item-by-item exploration of the 1999 computer game Alpha Centauri. You did not know you wanted this treatise on just about every aspect of politics in science fiction, but here it is, gradually approaching the status of a completed book. (Having preexisting knowledge of the 1999 computer game Alpha Centauri is completely optional with regards to the reading experience.)

Relationship statues (2017): A big book of small moods. Contains vignettes of everyday situations which tend to pass by unremarked, but which become remarkable once someone notices them. Readers are cautioned that they might end up paying closer attention to situational moods and affects upon closing the tabs.

Notable posts:
What it came down to
Unapologetically wholesome
A messianic moment
One of the smaller moods
The accidental librarian
Shelf spacing
Problem-oriented
Cloud computing
It meows
A principled stance
A dance a day
The lost one

Discursive anomalies (2016): Each post is about a specific thing (a book, a movie, a poem, a series, a genre etc), and performs semi-literary critique at it. The aim is to make the reader see the specific thing in a new light - to make it more anomalous, as it were. The overarching question is not whether the thing is good or bad, but to say something about what we can learn from it.

Notable posts:
Notes on the new town
Sailing to Byzantium
A cyborg manifesto
Astrology
Walking in the city
The first five lines of Marty Robbins' Big Iron
Deep time of the media
Digital aesthetics
How to write about music
How fortunate the man with none
In the swarm
To our friends

Remix IT to the streets (2012): This is the voice of me, talking about current events and things I find interesting. Most recently they have tended to be about education, politics and ideology.

Notable posts:
Freeriding the dark train of anxiety (part 1part 2)
The blog post the trolls don't want you to read
Rhetorical self defence
When rhetoricians and pedagogues clash
In the mood for some discourse
Active listening by the numbers
What Marx can tell you about creating youtube videos
That thesis I wrote about Patreon


More longer friend see that sky? (2014): Short, self-contained works of quirky fiction, where the goal is to try ideas out and see if they stick. As the title might suggest, the sky is neither a ceiling or a limit, but something to behold and contemplate, both in the present and as a past thing remembered.

Notable posts:
A question of style
An incomplete list of the different kinds of apocalypse there are
They came, they saw, they conspired
The skateboard academic
How history hacked your hardware
How to become a billionaire
Reverse ancient traditions

A job befitting the benefits
A modest radicalism
Change becomes you
Time management for busy people
Cat person
It follows

Twitter (@sargoth): Follow my thoughts in realtime. It will be fun! There will be birds!
Mastodon (@sargoth): Follow my thoughts in realtime. It will be fun! There will be memes! 

Twitter (@sargoth_ebooks): I'm also a (defunct) bot. Because why not?

I also do some writing in Swedish, which I mention here for completeness (new posts will not be shared here):

Magnihasa
: General purpose, comparable to Remix. The 2009 original.
Twitter (@piratkatt): My realtime thoughts, but in an obscure language. 

If you've read this far, you've probably noticed the reward tiers on the right hand side. The tiers are based on the five categories into which all things can be sorted - cats, bears, snakes, spiders and birds. These categories are all equal in each respect, and one tier (pun intended) being higher than the other is purely a cosmetic concession to the need to name things. Strategic Patreon minmaxing would dictate using something less idiosyncratic, but - nah. Idiosyncrasy is the name of the game.

Thank you for reading this introductory text. There is more text, to be sure. Just scroll down ever so slightly, and there you have it. -

Recent posts by Johanna Drott

Tiers
Cat tier
$1 or more per month
Cats. The only thing that could possibly improve them is more of them.
Bear tier
$5 or more per month
Bears. Big, hairy, cuddly, considerate, caring, generous. Bears.
Snake tier
$10 or more per month
Snakes. Solid sassy beings surfing the information superhighway. On skateboards. 
Spider tier
$25 or more per month
Spiders. The architects and maintenance crews of the interwebs. 
Bird tier
$50 or more per month
Birds. [a long silence, wherein ambient bird sounds can be enjoyed; like all virtues, a good unto itself]
Bragging rights tier
$100 or more per month
You have transcended the five categories into which all things can be sorted. This is quite an accomplishment, and you should be proud. Truly, you have earned the right to brag, and should feel free to make swift use of it whenever the situation so requires.
Paying the rent tier
$350 or more per month
You are now officially paying my rent. You live here now.