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A monthly zine about philosophy, design, humor, and social insects, delivered to your door for one year.
A monthly zine about philosophy, design, humor, and social insects, delivered to your door for one year.
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Maxistentialism is a zine about philosophy, design, humor, and bugs, shipped to your door monthly for $3/issue.

"One of the biggest takeaways [of my economics major] was the concept of stock and flow. There are two kinds of quantities in the world. [...] Flow is the feed. It’s the posts and the tweets. It’s the stream of daily and sub-daily updates that remind people that you exist. Stock is the durable stuff. It’s the content you produce that’s as interesting in two months (or two years) as it is today."Robin Sloan

I love the internet, but I often get frustrated trying to figure out what to do with stock - the best things I read or write. Sharing those things on streams like Twitter or Tumblr sucks, because they almost immediately get lost in a feed of cat photos and hot takes.

The zine format is perfect for the kind of considerate curation I'm interested in:

  • A zine is long-lasting, good enough to pass along to other people.
  • A zine has economy, mine is 32 pages per month.
  • A zine has small pages, so you have to edit carefully.
  • A zine is undeniable, it sits on your coffee table until you read it.

The Zine

Each zine is 32 pages of quotes, excerpts, lists, and conversations that are The Best Things I Know About. Sometimes it will funny, sometimes it will be sad. It will always be surprising. Each zine will have a theme that connects the pieces together:

  • The Internet & Public Discourse
  • Humor & Comedy as a Profession
  • Philosophy
  • Design & Art
  • Money, Economics & Independence
  • Food
  • Language & Writing
  • Politics & Persuasion
  • Empathy
  • Space & Discovery
  • History, Perspective & Apocalypse
  • Death

Each issue will have a cover designed in collaboration with Chicago artist Chad Kouri and a layout designed in collaboration with my favorite designer, Scott Thomas. Issues costs $3 shipped to your door in the United States ($6/issue anywhere else in the world).

Risks and challenges

I've prepared the first four months of zines, and feel confident about hitting a monthly deadline. They can be produced and mailed from my studio (or a commercial printer if demand is high enough) and I have a great team to help me with the logistics. There's always the chance you won't like what you read, but the zines are recyclable.

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    12 issues of Maxistentialism Zine, delivered to your door each month for one year.

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