I can imagine you were expecting a poem, instead, because there's nothing we like to do more than enlighten, unless it is actually patting ourselves on the back, Alarcon and I realized that the 15th or so, June would mark the end of six months of labor and toil in bringing outsideleft to you. As events amazing, horrific, thrilling and trivial unfolded across the world, those events went generally ignored by us... We recommend Slate, Defamer and if you don't have a wireless laptop, Harper's (print edition) for the powder room, for all that other stuff. "Can I get an outside line?" Is not something I think I've ever heard in our office...
We have an amazing cast of people who listen and look and write about it afterwards. The regular contributors who make this happen, who keep coming back with more. Alex, Joe, Erin, Henderson, Ryan and anyone else I've left out. With special thanks to Kirk who runs London and is quite responsible for a lot of this.
Most of all thanks to all of our readers, you've read our stories a hundred thousand times or so in the past six months; Given our zero dollar budgets and backsliding lethargy, we'll take that. We have our fingerprints on the world wide web now. We might not let go.
Below is our Top 20 most read stories of the past six months, with yet another exhortation by the author (or one of their friends).
Next week, 20 stories you may not have read since hardly anyone has, when we present the least popular stories in outsideleft ever.
Publisher, Lamontpaul founded outsideleft with Alarcon in 2004 and is hanging on, saying, "I don't know how to stop this, exactly."
Lamontpaul portrait by John Kilduff painted during an episode of John's TV Show, Let's Paint TV
Outsideleft exists on a precarious no budget budget. We are interested in hearing from deep and deeper pocket types willing to underwrite our cultural vulture activity. We're not so interested in plastering your product all over our stories, but something more subtle and dignified for all parties concerned. Contact us and let's talk. [HELP OUTSIDELEFT]
If Outsideleft had arms they would always be wide open and welcoming to new writers and new ideas. If you've got something to say, something a small dank corner of the world needs to know about, a poem to publish, a book review, a short story, if you love music or the arts or anything else, write something about it and send it along. Of course we don't have anything as conformist as a budget here. But we'd love to see what you can do. Write for Outsideleft, do. [SUBMISSIONS FORM HERE]