The only sane response to the more-more-more of the Internet is less.
That’s the goal of All the Fanfare. Less, but better.
Someone (okay, it was me) once called All the Fanfare the “Wait But Why” of pop culture. In case that means nothing to you—do you even internet, bro?—I’m talking long-form, evergreen articles that are entertaining and informative. Quality at the expense of quantity. 100% organic. Hand-crafted. Would it be too cheeky if I called them artisanal?
There’s a longer explanation here, which employs Dwight Schrute, Batman (1989), and The Matrix in making the case. Pop culture is my lingua franca. I think about this stuff all the time and it informs how I see the world.
Everything you need to know about me can be found in this paragraph:
I was born 9 months after Star Wars premiered in 1977, which naturally suggests my mom’s womb quickened on its own after she saw the film. I get it—these movies make me feel things too. I learned about all the gender parts in health class but they neglected to teach us how babies are really made.
✔Does not take anything seriously
If you need, like, credentials or something before handing out a follow—I've been published at /Film, Den of Geek, The Gamer, and Superjump Magazine. I quit freelancing because outlets claim story rights forever, in exchange for a few hundred bucks, which is not the best deal; I'd rather own my stuff in perpetuity.
I'm also the founder and editor-in-chief of Fanfare, the largest pop culture publication hosted on Medium. And I co-founded a game studio for tabletop roleplaying games (e.g. Dungeons & Dragons) because I am just that dorky.
All the Fanfare is hosted on two platforms. I use Substack for newsletters and Ghost for traditional web stuff. It’s a best-of-both-worlds scenario. Substack has a great network effect and is built for newsletters; Ghost is a superior web platform that also has email capabilities.
When you subscribe to either site, I automatically add you to the other. You’ll get emails from both, and they will look subtly different. The main difference—the stuff posted to Ghost tends to be longer and evergreen, Substack tends to be shorter, more topical, and more personal. Both are entertaining and informative!
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