We’re now deep into the most introspective time of the year.
For our second full week of conversations, I thought I’d focus on some independent, multidisciplinary creators, those who’d seem more apt to mysteriously hole up for days than make themselves conspicuous at the pub.
Here’s what they had to say:
“I don’t believe that the world is past the point of no return, because I understand that reality is essentially a dream.”
“I’d rather preserve a space in which I can operate and remain interested in what I do than be ground down by natural pressures or worries.”
“I’ve never been a huge fan of reality because the real world can be extremely frightening and cruel.”
“It’s good to be so close to horses.”
“I always feel like it’s not enough. I’m grasping at a sweet and juicy tantalizing fruit that keeps pulling out of reach.”
Arrington de Dionyso
Keep cueing these up every weekday morning! We appreciate your readership.
I co-founded North of the Internet with my friend Julien for a few reasons. One is to bring creators’ more internal, subconscious thoughts to the wider world. Another is more selfish, to understand myself and others a little better.
For instance, I now understand that some people are gifted with a rosy, addictive energy that makes you want to be around them. You can kind of learn it, but I think it’s innate. Harness and master that ability and you’ll do just fine.
On that note, we could have spoken to these five forever:
Read, enjoy and cherish!
PS. It’s been an incredible first week making the jump from weekly to daily conversations. Thank you.
Friends and readers,
Today, we are thrilled to announce that we are ramping up our operation!
North of the Internet is hard-launching and premiering one brand-new conversation posted every day at 6am EST.
Without further ado, please enjoy our conversation with the brilliant singer-songwriter and actress Ayo .
From now until forever, pull up North of the Internet on your commute, on a walk, or over coffee every morning for fresh perspectives and piercing insights from brilliant creatives.
Morgan, Julien & Mia
PS. Our weekly newsletter will be moved from Wednesday to Friday to reflect each week’s posts.
I’m writing from a beautiful house in Connecticut that was built before America was. There’s goldenrod & apple trees & a baby.
Nonetheless, I’m thinking about New York and everyone I’ve met there.
I don’t consider North of the Internet to be a music publication, but I wish I could tell my Rolling Stone Album Guide-reading 14-year-old self about it.
So hey, kid, I talked to:
You can’t say it wasn’t interesting.
The Alekhine Defense is one of the most clever, incendiary openings in chess.
It’s popular advice to control the center of the board, but the Alekhine Defense forces your opponent to overextend that principle. In other words, they grip that center a little too much. They show a crack or two. Congrats, you’re leading the game.
Some people have the ability to perforate our emotional barriers and scramble the contents a little bit. They can help us understand our own feelings and beliefs.
I spoke with three of them.
How can we Alekhine up our lives a little?
As Loudon Wainwright sang, it’s a hard day on the planet. Sometimes I think its brakes failed and we’re rolling down the hill.
Even as we take out a mailbox, I’ve been singing and dancing to a joyful album, an ode to love. I spoke with the man who made it.
Further joy: I got in touch with a young drummer who has a trenchant perspective on creation, fame and why our words matter.
That’s my story (and I’m sticking to it.)
In 2016, I met a great designer who was giving a conference to hundreds of people in Milan. A few hours later, we had accidentally met in a bar, talking about Chicago, music, travels and creative inspiration in general.
As luck would have it, I ran into a phenomenal American filmmaker and documentarian soon after. He’s been living in New York City for so many years and is probably the original hipster.
Now, I’m happy to share the results:
Who knows who you’ll bump into this week?
The fall equinox isn’t for another month, but summer is beginning to lessen its oppression, that indeterminate feeling, the edge taken off a little bit, a hand off the scruff of your collar.
Here’s what I’ve been enjoying during this ever-so-transitory part of the year:
I also spoke with these folks:
May the results serve you well!
This week we’re happy to introduce the concept of Conversational Eclipse. When planets align, a small moon can influence a large star and here on planet Earth, we may witness in awe.
Try to guess what artists align in the following talks, no cardboard glasses necessary.
Macaws can be differentiated from other parrots by longer beaks, longer tails and light facial patches – each as individual as a human fingerprint.
North of the Internet can be differentiated from other websites by its serenity, minimalism and commitment to dignity and beauty.
We have three new conversations and they are gilded in gold and green and indigo:
Now, keep your eyes peeled for rare birds.
**Second degree conversation
A retrograde planet is the result of an earthly optical illusion. Before Mercury goes into retrograde next week, North of the Internet will take a break from publishing conversations to get our shit right and prepare for the celestial phenomenon.
It will be a perfect time to catch up on past conversations, re-read articles and to share, tweet and post your favorites.
This week we are happy to share conversations with:
James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand)
Phillip Niemeyer (The John-Pauls, Northern-Southern)
North of the Internet will be back August 16 with fresh topics and perspectives.
North of the internet is not immune to the high temperatures of summertime.
Here, at NOTI Headquarters EU, we drink the traditional summertime beverage known simply as The Spritz*. While not strictly obligatory, we feel this week’s conversations are best paired with the refreshing beverage of your choice.
The SpritzB 3 Parts Prosecco DOC
B 2 Parts Aperol
B 1 Part Soda Water
Pour over ice, garnish with orange wedge or lemon twist.
This week we have moved beyond the ground floor and entered into the second degree of NOTI conversations. The beauty of this project has begun as interviewees become interviewers. Past conversations turn to converse with artists and creatives of their choosing. It is an exciting time to see the tree of NOTI grow further reaching branches.
This issue features conversations about sensory deprivation, dream remembrance and instinctual parenting with:
Thanks and happy reading!
Mia, Julien and Morgan
*Not an endorsement
**Second degree conversation
North of the internet is a rapidly growing boom town, positioned on a far corner of the untapped internet, and overflowing with creative possibilities to encounter and collect.
Each week our conversations delve deeper into what it means to be an artist, creative and everyday human.
This week we introduce Elemental Elaborations and we talk alchemy, architecture of the universe, Baroque, Renaissance, John Cage, Vincente Minnelli, sulfate, Jim O’Rourke, a Celestial Monochord, mental images, nightmares, Hawaii, death, habitat and Eucalyptus, with three very inspiring characters:
Julien, Mia & Morgan.
NOTI friends & family,
We are proud to share our third batch of conversations.
Today, we are honored to have spoken with two musicians – both principal members of the band Eyelids – and an amazing graphic designer.
We have many more awesome conversations to come. As always, feel free to sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.
J & M
The response to North of the Internet’s soft launch on June 21 has been spectacular.
Starting today, we will share new conversations every Wednesday.
This week, we are happy to introduce numerical and alphabetical elaborations with:
Thank you, and happy reading!
J & M
We are proud to introduce North of the Internet after months of work and constant involvement of a team of people disseminated all over the world.
We will start with six conversations, featuring:
The site will be updated with new conversations every week.
Expect new content every Wednesday starting July 5th 2017.
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Julien & Morgan