Houdini's Christmas Card
Thursday, 15 December 2016
Seasons Greetings, fellow Escapologists.
Unbound have kindly granted a 20% discount on Escape Everything! and I'd like to recommend it for Christmas stockings the world over. It's a nice-looking hardback with a colorful, Victorian-looking cover, so no bad thing to unwrap on the big day. It's also filled of the sort of promise and resolve useful and stimulating at the start of a new year…
Escapology: What Next?
Friday, 11 November 2016
Last year, you helped to fund a book called Escape Everything! which, thanks to you, became a real thing and went off into the world. It then broke free into the wider world under the title of Ich Bin Raus in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. What a result! We collected some good press along the way and sales continue to be good. None of this would have happened without the…
"Ich Bin Raus" + more Escapology for free
Friday, 15 July 2016
Here's the latest development in the book you helped make a reality. There's going to be a German edition! Oh yes. The new title is Ich Bin Rous, which means "I'm Out".
This is quite an achievement and I'm glad the book now has a longer life than I originally imagined. So thank you. Here's a page about the new edition, which is probably only useful if you happen to speak German…
Trailer, Bibliography, Translation and Will Self
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
There's been a few developments around Escape Everything! and I've been meaning to tell you about them.
Second, a few people said they wished I'd included a bibliography in the book. Not wanting to disapoint on matters bibliographic,…
Rejoice! The Manuscript Has Been Delivered (plus publication date and cover news).
Monday, 13 April 2015
As of 19:04 on Monday 20th of April 2015, I will no longer tamper or tinker with the manuscript of Escape Everything!
I feel it's in good condition and I've submitted it to Unbound's team of fine and friendly editors. It's in their hands now. I hope they'll be gentle (though I'm certain they will be).
This will come as welcome news to those who've been asking where on…
Let's Finish This
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Good news, everyone. The book is 96% funded. Just 4% left until the good people of Unbound can start pulling levers and turning cranks to get our lovely book into production.
If you want to help with the final push, please mention the book once more on social media (simply share this public post if you like), highlighting the exciting fact that we're about to cross the finish line.
Working for The Man Should Be a Last Resort (Raptitude)
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
We broke 60% last night, largely in thanks to David Cain posting his excellent foreword to the book.
60% is an important tipping point in the funding process for reasons that will become apparent in a week or so. Sorry to be so mysterious, but stay tuned.
For anyone who missed it, here's the foreword to Escape Everything! (a rare sneak-peek of the book's actual content) along with David…
Ten Great Books on Liberty (Book Punks)
Friday, 21 November 2014
Good news, everyone! We've passed the halway point. Slow and steady wins the race.
Anyway, here's a little post I wrote for Book Punks, recommending ten good books about liberty. There are notable omissions, but these are ten of my favourites at least.
Ten Great Books on Liberty
As someone who’s been writing about liberty for almost a decade, I’ve also munched through a good…
Lock-picking Imaginary Handcuffs (Mountain Shores Podcast)
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
The fine fellows—Michael, Milo and Fabian—of the Mountain Shores (Un)Productivity Podcast had me on as a guest this week.
I was there ostensibly to promote our funding campaign for Escape Everything! but we had far more fun than that.
For almost an hour, we talked about Houdini, humour writing, self-help, daily routines, Tim Ferriss, Jon Ronson, Russell Brand, Jane Austen, Henry Miller,…
The Deirdre Dialogue
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
What exactly is Escapology?
It’s the art and science of escape: escape from the undesirable things imposed upon you by modern life. We talk a lot in New Escapologist about escape from work because work seems…
Oscar Wilde: Escapologist
Thursday, 16 October 2014
It is to be regretted that a portion of our community should be practically in slavery, but to propose to solve the problem by enslaving the entire community is childish. Every man must be left quite free to choose his own work. No form of compulsion must be exercised over him. If there is, his work will not be good for him, will not be good in itself, and will not be good for others. And by…
Work is a Scam (Friendly Anarchist)
Friday, 3 October 2014
Here's an essay I wrote earlier this year. I originally did so for the widely-circulated Anarchist magazine Fifth Estate. I was invited by a friend of the editorial team to write about the parallels between Anarchism and my home-grown metaphor, Escapology.
The essay twice quotes Anarchist writer Bob Black, who was apparently blackballed (pun intended) by Fifth Estate. The kibosh on his work, it…
How to Quit Your Job (Idler)
Saturday, 27 September 2014
So we broke the 40% barrier. Boosh! Not bad at all. But we won't see the book in print until we hit the big One-Zero-Zero. So I have a request: please tell someone else about this book--a friend, perhaps someone you think is in especial need of an escape from work or from consumerist hell --and encourage them to pledge. For this, I offer my thanks.
Anyway. From now on, I'll post to…
Free Books for Life! Who will pledge the millionth quid?
Saturday, 6 September 2014
A message from Unbound HQ:
It’s now more than three years since we launchedUnbound and put the power of publishing in the hands of the people that matter - authors and readers.
Since then you've funded 54 books, 42 (the answer to life, the universe and everything) have been published and we are on the verge of reaching an astonishing £1,000,000 in pledges.
Along the way you funded a number…
Welcome to The Shed
Saturday, 2 August 2014
Welcome to our behind-the-scenes parallel universe clubhouse, The Shed. I hope you made it through the minefield in one piece and that the things in the moat didn't give you too much lip. They're just doing their job.
I like "The Shed" as a name for a back-room gathering place. At first it suggests an unassuming outbuilding where boffins and suburban eccentrics might retreat for a spot…