A prisoner.

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I identify strongly with this quote. People often say “it’ll get better” or “things happen for a reason” and my personal favourite “it can only go up from here”, which is just indicative of a lack of imagination. It’s all bullshit. Many goodhearted, lovely people die alone, suffer pain, get screwed and many shitty people prosper. I am definitely not an optimist, but I am a PRISONER of hope. Hope is just as narcotic as depression, the two can be very close and equally misguiding. Hope, expectations, disappointment and so on. Optimism is an affliction. It teaches us that if you are not happy there is something wrong with you, you “lack faith” or you need pills, for example. When in reality no one is promised happiness and few achieve it. Most who do stumble upon it by pure luck, sheer randomness or hedonism. I highly recommend the latter.

You should care.

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I agree with the sentiment that there is no real originality left, that there is nothing new under the sun. But I do believe in authenticity. When you work on something that is your own, you’re being authentic, even if it’s been done before, you can still own it. If you rebrand what you can get from real creatives, try hopping onto the newest trend, or obsessively chase “going viral”, you are exactly what fatigues the creative impulse and industry. Luckily that kind of desperation is easy to spot. Creatives can be naive and idealistic, so beware of charming snake oil salesmen, or in today’s common tongue, “the promise of exposure”. With the vast opportunities the internet has to offer it’s likely that you could market yourself better anyway.

Passing through or moving in?

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A handy guide crammed full of top tips and quite interesting nothings such as:

  • Bat Country gained independence in the late 1950’s – it’s highest tourist figures were recorded in the following two decades.
  • Upon arrival each visitor is greeted by a vague sense of familiarity.
  • Although all the locals are lunatics, they’re very hospitable and incredibly creative.
  • The national animal of Bat Country, is not a bat as one would assume, but rather a white rabbit.
  • Weather is known to switch between extremes very quickly and without warning,
  • Jim Morrison teaches a popular cooking class on Tuesdays.
  • Tom Waitts and Nick Cave collaborated on the country’s anthem.
  • Does not perform well at international team sport events.
  • It is common place for doctors to prescribe books and albums instead of/in conjunction with pharmaceutics.

… and many other useful bits of information, sure to improve your trip through fantasy, fear and loathing.

Inspired by the life of Hunter Thompson and the work of Ralph Steadman, who was brave enough to illustrate Hunter’s insanity.

Not for sale to members of the public.

The Foxes.

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for even
at the most terrible
moments
humor
is my
companion.

I am a dog walking
backwards

– from The Foxes by Charles Bukowski