Everyone is beginning a Substack! Or griping about Substack! Or each! The buzzy e-newsletter platform is residence to every kind of publications, together with some which can be principally music blogs. It has additionally turn out to be a popular vacation spot for distinguished writers who’ve both jumped ship or been compelled out from extra established media shops, a few of whom (reminiscent of Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi) are very publicly warring with the trendy journalistic institution. Substack is even subsidizing a few of these writers, a program the corporate is planning to aggressively expand after not too long ago elevating $65 million. This facet of the enterprise has been controversial. Some have criticized the lack of clarity about how a lot writers on the Substack Professional mannequin are getting paid, whereas others have raised considerations in regards to the massive variety of anti-trans writers the corporate has chosen to sponsor. Individuals who like to get labored up over the media enterprise can’t cease arguing about it.
The newest huge identify to launch a Substack is punk legend Patti Smith. In her first submit on the platform, Smith writes that she plans to make use of her Substack as a clearinghouse for the sorts of writing that she has beforehand scrawled on notebooks in espresso retailers and stored to herself: “my weekly ruminations, shards of poetry, music, and musings on no matter topic finds its method from thought to pen, information of the thoughts, items of this world, free to all.” She’ll even be publishing a serial known as The Melting, which she started writing final April, described as “a journal of my personal pandemic.” She intends to make the primary few installments free and public; the remainder might be restricted to her paying subscribers. Right here’s her message asserting all this:
Within the nook of my room is a small suitcase, packed over a yr in the past, able to tour the world. That was to be my touring work, which by no means got here to move.
I’m nonetheless right here.
Each morning for some hours, at my standard café, I sit and write. Pocket book and occasional reign. Writing is what I do, and have since twelve, imagining myself Jo March. Meditations, crime novels, and poetry, hidden in stacks of notebooks, written in each stage of life. Now, within the time of the pandemic, remoted from household, pals, and fellow staff, we’re reinventing our processes. By Substack I plan to kind an inter-connective physique of labor for a responsive group. Every week I’ll submit my weekly ruminations, shards of poetry, music, and musings on no matter topic finds its method from thought to pen, information of the thoughts, items of this world, free to all.
On Tuesdays, subscribers will discover my first serial, The Melting. Nobody has learn these pages. A journal of my personal pandemic. My first entry was precisely one yr in the past, on April seventh, the evening earlier than the complete Worm Moon. Tonight, I’m sitting at my desk, below my skylight, that very same moon overhead. I’ll submit the primary few entries for everybody. Then, for my paid subscribers, I’ll submit an installment each week, in addition to posts referring to its increasing world, lastly fulfilling my Jo March fantasy as she serialized her Gothic tales for the newspaper.
I provide The Melting, phrases recognized solely by the pages themselves, to be given a brand new life right here. In my Substack world, I hope that you just, expensive reader, might be my pocket book.
You’ll be able to learn and subscribe to Smith’s Substack here.