It’s easier to admire people on the internet because you see more of them immediately. Offline, creating a perceptible presence is as basic as stepping into a room; online it’s the process of registering oneself repeatedly. Interesting humans, being interesting, are more likely to provide a varied compilation of registries – if a person is both interesting and online it should be easy to tell. And then all you have to do is click follow
aardvarkwizard and Kat Asharya are interesting people who I follow. They never reminded me of each other until I started doing two things that they both advocate but now I think on it they do have vibes that come from the same sort of direction, a sort of dark metal sophistication. AW is winter vegetables and chainmail/fur battles where Kat is candlelight and scrubbed hardwood but they both evince this sort of not un-dangerous tranquility. I bet that they would both like Scarlett Thomas novels.
The borrowed activities I have recently lit are reading Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell and wearing/thinking about perfume. Not big things, but things.
And other friends have swayed me this way; Iris to solid perfume and Valtyr vouched for Strange/Norrell, as well as having been told a HUNDRED times by my old friend Liam who I haven’t heard from in years that it was the BEST book and I should read it right now. I’m pretty bad at doing things when people tell me they are ‘so good’, but I get to them eventually sometimes. One day I will watch that ballet duck anime like Betty and Zoe said I should.
Wearing perfume (first a completely unlayered aniseed scent that I bought for Halloween because if beatniks love anything then it’s probably getting shitfaced on absinthe, and also I just.. love aniseed) and reading enormously long oldenne dayes magicke fictionne (in spaced out, now-and-then chunks) are things that relate to the skeleton of what I find really admirable or familiar about these people. It’s not that I’m trying to imitate; it’s that their example is good: I know pretty well the difference between ‘good on you’ and ‘good on me’ and it’s an odd comfort to find people in the wild who exhibit both.