Rank #1: 005: Jason Kottke and Twenty Years of kottke.org
Kottke.org is a website. It is not an app. It is not a product. It is simply a static website, updated daily, running some rickety old blogging software.
As of March of 2018 it's been consistently updated for twenty years. It is largely the product of a single mind: Jason Kottke. Kottke.org has shaped the way many of us have thought about news, blogging, and linking.
On Margins talks with Jason about his two decades of blogging, influences in his life that shaped how he works today, and what kottke.org would look like were it a book.
- kottke.org — 10 years old
- kottke.org — 20 years of gratitude and acknowledgements
- kottke.org — twenty
- Nieman Labs: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20
- Noticing — the kottke.org newsletter written by Tim Carmondy
- kottke.org memberships
Full transcript and audio online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/005/
Apr 30 2018
Rank #2: 004: Elena Favilli, the making of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
An extended interview with Goodnight Stories for Rebel girls co-creator, Elena Favilli.
Co-founder of Timbuktu Labs, Elena Favilli, delves into how the company went from an award winning but ultimately unprofitable children's magazine app company, to an international bestselling publisher of physical books around the world.
We dig into why the iPad is perhaps not the best platform for publishers. How everything seemed so rosy back in 2011 for digital publishing. And how, ultimately, to build a strong and engaged community, they had to print a physical book.
- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls homepage
- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls podcast
- Original Rebel Girls Kickstarter (2016)
- Rebel Girls Indiegogo page
- Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2
Full transcript and audio online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/004/
Apr 09 2018
Rank #3: 003: Kevin Kelly, Photographing and Backpacking Asia in the 1970s
Technologist, futurist, author, and photographer Kevin Kelly discusses traveling during the golden age of global exploration.
We cover how photography has changed over the years, his decades investigating Asia in the 1970s and 80s, and how he self-produced (eventually getting it published by Taschen!) his Asia Grace book in the 90s.
- Kevin's extensive online home, kk.org
- Asia Grace detailed production notes
- Asia Grace homepage
- 1,000 true fans
- Nikkormat Cameras
- Kodachrome Film
- Zone System
- Primitive Technology youtube channel
- Cool Tools
Full transcript and audio online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/003/
Oct 22 2017
Rank #4: Gray318 (Jon Gray)
An extended interview with Jon Gray, aka Gray318, the award winning, London based, book designer. Gray318 has designed covers for William Gibson, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, David Foster Wallace, Robin Sloan, and perhaps most famously, for Jonathan Safran Foer.
- Gray318 Instagram
- Corrie Baldauf's Gravity's Rainbow Project
- Gravity's Rainbow
- Sally Mann documentary
- Jonathan Safran Foer
- Tree of Codes
- The Yellow World
- Zadie Smith
- Karl Lagerfeld
- Rodrigo Corral
- MCD Books
- Infinite Jest
- A Death by Stephen King
- America is Not the Heart
- House of Leaves
- Only Revolutions
- Art Space Tokyo
Full transcript online at: https://craigmod.com/onmargins/010
Jul 08 2019
Rank #5: Lynne Tillman and What She Would Do
An interview with novelist, essayist, and cultural critic, Lynne Tillman.
Craig Mod sits down with Lynne Tillman at her apartment in Manhattan and they go through the covers of her novels, essay collections, and non-fiction books.
- Lynne on Twitter
- Lynne's Books
- Lynne's Wikipedia
- Artist Babara Kruger
- Artist Nan Goldin
- Artist Peter Drerer
- Artist Sadie Benning
- Artist Barbara Ess
- Charles Orr, designer
- Soft Skull Press
- Publisher / Editor Richard Nash
- What Would Lynne Tillman Do, the website
- 3am Magazine interview with Lynne
- “On Lynne Tillman” by Colm Toibin for The New Yorker
- An Interview With Lynne Tillman, Believer Mag
Apr 11 2019