By Kat Patrick.
Something amazing arrived in my inbox this week. My favourite literary publication – Five Dials - that saves on paper by existing only as a downloadable PDF. This issue is loosely based on bears, which makes it all the more excellent. Everyone loves bears. Especially when they’re illustrations and stories, and not actual bears.
You know what the best thing about the Internet is? It’s not that affected by flooding, like this adorable book shop in Venice often is. Although, books are preserved from the rising tides in disused gondolas and bathtubs, which to me seems like a really, really great side effect of flooding. Sorry Internet. PDFs not needing Italian boats makes them a bit less rad.
I love scrabble, but some might think it’s not that badass. Well, it is, actually. For example, if you play it with me, I’ll do anything to win: flip the board to end the game, hide your pieces by throwing them at you or sneaking them up my sleeve, and sit on the dictionary so you can’t check whether or not I made up the word ‘ningin.’ Turns out I’m not alone, there are other players that should probably be banned from family board game night, especially as they’re choosing to cheat at an international level. Awkward. Might be worth reading up on some nerdy put-downs if you find yourself faced with such spelling dishonesty.
On the subject of nerds, when was the last time you looked back at your early work? I don’t mean the kind you can laugh at, like fridge-drawings from when you were 7 or adolescent diary entries. I mean the first pieces you wrote or drew or snapped when you decided to follow your dream… Yup. Me too.