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⚡ Kernel Issue 2 Is Now Online!
Read the full magazine at kernelmag.io
It’s been one month since we launched Kernel Magazine’s second issue, and we’ve been floored by the response. From two sold-out launch parties in San Francisco and New York and an incredibly warm welcome online, it’s clear to us that there’s energy behind this line of thinking on progressive techno-optimism.
Today, we’re publishing all of Kernel Issue 2’s content online — 15 nonfiction essays, three fictional short stories, eight works of poetry, and four works of visual art.
(We’ve also gotten a bunch of requests about buying Kernel’s first issue, so we’re now selling those on our storefront too!)
📖 Table of Contents
Editor’s Note by Emily Liu
all the better to see you with by Adora Svitak
on days like today i dream of futures past by Ivan Zhao
Transubstantiation by Jasmine Wang
Drawing Rectangles by Connie Liu
Cartoons by Phil Witte
Prison Phones and the Problem with Profits by Lucas Gelfond
Trees Won’t Save Us by Jacob Sujin Kuppermann
Growing Narratives: Passage by Alicia Guo
Pros & Cons Of Wildfire: A Conversation With Smokey Bear by Chiwenite Onyekwelu
Abolish Canon: Centering Collective Fan Production by Mona Wang
On receiving an unwanted Windows update at an inconvenient time and All Thumbs by Robert René Galván
Can Cryptocurrencies Replace Cash Remittances? by Isabella Rolz
The Memory Machine by Anabelle Johnston
A list of important memories by Keana Aguila Labra
Green Like No Grass Is Green by Luca
Creating the Photogenic City by Tianyu Fang
Digital Transformations, Environmental Degradation by Tommy Bui Nguyen
Chinampa by Nikoline Kaiser
Lighten the Load of the Nation-State by Nathan Schneider
Virtual Violence: Vectoralist Class Warfare and Abstract Antagonism by Kadallah Burrowes
Condor Nest Livestream #923 by Eleanor Botoman
Seeing the Invisible by Leo Kim
Afrofuturism: From a Lens to a Portal by Olu Niyi-Awosusi
Space Sisters by Julia Travers
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🖨 Why print?
Most of our reading happens digitally anyways, so why would we want to introduce the logistical burden of a global paper shortage that can (and did) throw a wrench into our meticulously planned timeline?
I could list many reasons. We want to publish writing that will last; ideas that extend beyond the latest fad to analysis that will still ring true two, five, or ten years from now. The multiple months from pitch to publish force us to choose topics with longevity.
But our gut feeling here is that print just feels special. It’s special that we can hold a 1.4 pound artifact and feel the literal weight of six months’ worth of work. It’s special that I’ve seen someone reading the magazine in public, and that people are posting photos of Kernel on their bookshelves and coffee tables from all around the world. It feels special that these ideas and writings are quite literally being physically disseminated.
We publish Kernel essays online to increase accessibility and readership, but I’d love for Kernel to reach your home too through a purchase of the physical magazine. Your support makes this project possible — we have ambitions to increase compensation for our authors and contributors, scale up our distribution in bookstores and college campuses, organize more in-person events, and more.
If you’ve already purchased a copy, thank you — and share a photo of the magazine on your bookshelf and tag us @kernel_magazine!
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If your company has an education budget, consider submitting an expense request for Kernel. If you need to ask your manager, we have a template written for you already.
If the price is otherwise prohibitive for you, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucas Gelfond covered Kernel Magazine and the limits of critique in ZINE MUNCH — read the interview with Emily and Jess here
Malcolm Harris on Stewart Brand’s legacy — tired of hagiography? Read this.
ICYMI, the White House published a “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights.” None of its recommendations are actually legally enforceable, but I’m curious to see how its proposals will affect real policy and implementations in the private and public sectors.
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Happy (now belated) fat bear week!
Emily & Reboot team