Confessions of an Islamic State Fighter | 1843

“Erion’s family say they don’t resent Lladrovci for blackmailing them.
‘We begged as many Albanians in Syria as we could to bring Erion back,’
Suad Sadullahi, Erion’s cousin, told me. ‘We even asked Lavdrim
Muhaxheri. Fitim [Lladrovci] was the only one who agreed.’ Two weeks after Erion had been returned, Sadullahi travelled to Obilic to give Lladrovci the promised money. When they met, Sadullahi began to
appreciate why Lladrovci had turned to jihad. ‘I walked into
that house, took one look at that family – the unbelievable poverty of that family – and I remember thinking to myself: Fitim’s reasons for
joining the Islamic State had nothing to do with Islam.'”

—Alexander Clapp, “—Confessions of an Islamic State fighter.” 1843. [August 2019?]

So rare to have an article that presents an issue live the Islamic State from the perspective of a jihadi fighter.

Every Noise at Once

“Every Noise at Once is an ongoing attempt at analgorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the
musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 3,356
genre-shaped distinctions by Spotify as of 2019-08-27 [or recent dote when you might be reading this description].
The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.”

The Story of Us — Wait But Why

“Many months later, it’s now time to invite you into this bizarre world I’ve been living alone in for the past three years. Needless to say, I’m excited about that.

Alicia, Andrew, and I have done a lot of thinking about the best way to publish this behemoth. We knew we wanted it to be free and accessible to everyone (something we have the luxury of doing thanks to our tremendously generous and patient Patreon supporters), but we had to decide what the best format would be. We eventually settled on a long series of short posts (short by Wait But Why standards, long by any other standard). It’s still meant to be read as one big story, but the series format will allow readers to digest and discuss each major idea along the way. We’re still working out the exact number of posts it’ll be cut into and the exact posting schedule, but it’ll take a few months to put all of the posts out. After a long period of radio silence from our end, get ready for a big fall ’19 from Wait But Why… We can’t wait to take this journey with you.”

—Tim Urban, email introduction to “The Story of Us.” August 28, 2019.