Tweeps, a few words about what is going on at @AreoMagazine from my personal perspective. (You can also find details in this editors' letter). I first wrote some pieces for Areo in 2017, while founder @MalharMali was still at the helm. 1/…
In my innocence of how difficult it is to run & fund a magazine, I was mildly irritated that Malhar paid so little, but delighted to be able to put my thoughts on current politics & culture out there into the world: an opportunity I would never otherwise have had. 2/
Then when Helen took over in August 2018, she asked me to act as her copyeditor, a role midway between nerd & dominatrix: the perfect job for me. (Watch out: I plan to continue wielding the red pen.) 3/
The magazine continued to amass absolutely fantastic contributors: research scientists, award-winning authors, prominent academics and thoughtful, articulate normal people whose words would never otherwise have reached a public. 4/
But financially it has always been barely scraping by. The magazine is free to readers and we have no independent funds. A recent article chided us for not being more like Unherd. Unherd is great! And has a 2 million pound endowment. 5/
Like many creative & brilliant people, Helen can't stand asking others for money. We basically did no marketing. Instead, she soldiered valiantly along, doing everything pro bono, while I earned most of my living from freelance gig work. 6/
All that is going to change. I don't share Helen's scruples & I'm not able to work pro bono. The magazine must become self-sustaining, so I can pay myself & the writers & begin to grow it into a bigger enterprise. 7/
I want to absolutely keep everything about the spirit of the magazine. But I also want it to stay alive. Right now, it is on life support. But I hope that, together, we can turn that around. If you appreciate what we do, support us on Patreon:
Alternatively, you can also support us on SubscribeStar:
I am also looking for more major funders. If you know of anyone at all, who might care about keeping an independent publication dedicated to calm, thoughtful social and political critique (an increasingly endangered species), send them my way. 9/
If anyone would like to interview me for their podcasts or otherwise provide exposure, that's most welcome too. And I am also open to putting advertising on the magazine &/or on the public version of the Two for Tea podcast. Contacts welcomed. 10/
Please support if you can. Together we can do this. But we must raise our ongoing income from the current $1500 a month, which won't even cover payments to writers, to something more sustainable. 11/
SInce a couple of people have asked, I will be continuing to write for the paper regularly. A lovely patron has funded a monthly op ed from me. I'm not sure if he wants to be named, but I am very grateful.
Please have patience with us during this handover period. There are many technical things to tackle relating to everything from WordPress coding to taxes. I'm going to be running this singlehandedly, until such time as I have enough funding to hire assistance.

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4 Apr
Discovered yesterday that both psychologist @EstherPerel's parents were in concentration camps & were the only survivors of entire families killed in the Holocaust. She attributes her lifelong free-floating anxiety & sense that nothing is permanent to this family background. 1/
I've been musing a lot on my own family history. Nothing so tragic as this -- but the death of both my parents in my childhood definitely shaped me. It feels silly to say that, since I am 51 now. But it left me with a deep anxiety about being abandoned in relationships. 2/
I still feel the want of family, even though by this age many people's families aren't that important to them anymore (or are already deceased). I think this has had good impacts too: I always sought out very rich & intimate & long-lasting friendships. 3/
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3 Apr
Ever since watching the "Operation Nadine" episodes of Prime Suspect (a truly high quality portrayal of racism in early 90s UK) I've been musing on how infantilising & counterproductive the N-word taboo is. 1/
That show could probably not have aired today, because it contains that (irreplaceably powerful) slur. And yet it is absolutely necessary to understanding the context & the depth of people's feelings (both good & bad). Let me give an analogy. 2/
Imagine if the ugliest slurs against women were taboo for polite people to utter. It would make it much harder to tell the truth about our worst experiences & to explain misogyny that we have encountered. It would make it much harder to elicit empathy by portrayals in fiction. 3/
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I am reading Erich Fromm's The Art of Loving. I can see why it's a classic. It delicately straddles that fine line where it's unclear if what is being said is profound or pants. My bullshitometer keeps threatening to sound but is lulled back to silence by Fromm's eloquence. 1/
I think this is how many people feel while reading Jordan Peterson, though personally Fromm is more persuasive to me, while I can't read Peterson without the bullshitometer almost deafening me. Unlike Peterson, though, Fromm is startlingly homphobic. 2/
I partially forgive Fromm for his homophobia (as a man of his era) but mostly don't because I think it's symptomatic of the totalising dichotomies that characterise his view & blind him to some of love's more nuanced possibilities. 3/
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25 Mar
Today, 24th March, we commemorate the victims of Argentina's dictatorship of 1976-83, when the de facto military government of my beloved adoptive country subjected their own citizens to some of the worst human rights abuses in history. 1/
Remember the people who were taken from their homes at night, held, blindfolded & starving, in darkened cells, electrocuted with cattle prods, repeatedly burned by lit cigarettes, lashed to metal frames and beaten & finally thrown, alive & conscious, out of aeroplanes. 2/
We remember the abducted pregnant women & the women raped until pregnant so that their newborn children could be ripped from their arms & given to the friends & cronies of the regime & the mothers summarily executed. 3/
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22 Mar
A friend has to do more mandatory workplace diversity training. He's not enthused: "It's hours of David [from HR] droning on about how we're all racists & all black people are oppressed. I'm sick of it." I would be too.
When you tell me something patently untrue -- that I'm a racist, say -- my response is not going to be to examine my heart or change my conduct. It will be to simply file you under "people to ignore" for the future.
Being part of a corporation has always involved, among other things, being subjected to a load of bullshit & listening to corporate types spout nonsense. (I had to take the Myers Briggs multiple times.)
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