ART Bernie Kaminski’s Paper Mâché Bernie Kaminski’s Paper mâché junk drawer filled with paper mâché pens, pencils, batteries, receipts, and other junk.…
Detail from Tono Monogatari by Shigeru Mizuki Welcome to another issue of The Magnet! This one is a bit later than usual, but I had a writing assignmen…
UNTRANSLATED Aesop’s Fables: The Satyr and the SwordDetail from Wenceslaus Hollar’s illustration for “The Satyr and the Sword,” from John Ogilby’s Aeso…
P.J. Soles (left) and Dey Young (right) in Rock and Roll High School (1979) The two most memorable 1979 movies about teenagers are Over the Edge and Ro…
ARTIFICIAL LIFE The Norn TorturerA screengrab from the defunct Tortured Norns website (via Archive.org) Last week I wrote about Vilmonic, an artificial…
Squeezing The Beatles, We love darts, and What I’m up to
Vilmonic is an artificial life simulator and genetics and evolution sandbox game. Released in 2019, it’s the creation of Mark Stramaglia, who single-ha…
The first Michael Gruber novel I read was The Forgery of Venus, a literary thriller about a questionably insane artist who gets involved in the undergr…
Why do three boxes feel lighter than one?
How to be indistractable, anime to watch, and a quote about civilization
Also: curing writer's block, summaries of nonfiction books, and more
"YOU BLASTED A NEW LUNAR CRATER 126.23 FT. DEEP"