What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

“Click and Drag” til your eye-feet are sore…


I heard a new (to my two-year-absent ears) band called Of Monsters and Men yesterday and I’m really digging them a lot, especially this song: Little Talks. I heard them on a local station that Justin now very much dislikes, but shhhhhhh, don’t tell him that…

Any way (I just typed “Andy way”…should I have left it that way?)…

My favorite movie is on in the other room, but I’m having a hard time leaving this computer screen, and walking away from the world that I’ve found here at the brilliant and wonderful webcomic xkcd. I stumbled onto this by accident, looking blindly for a different comic that I’d seen in passing and wanted to dig up again, but I was drawn into what I found on xkcd and I really loved what I found.

I love how expansive the world is and how much blank space there is, which really allows me to imagine that I’m walking through an unknown landscape. It’s very peaceful and the space begs to be filled by the person looking at it. And this makes the times we do see recognizeable silhouettes and people all the more surprising and exciting.

I love how all of the people here are existing within their own spheres, almost oblivious to the others who live just outside of the frame of the screen. This strikes me as a beautiful and compelling image of real life.

I love that someone put this much time into a project like this especially the moments of simple nuance (variance in the waves, for example, or pop culture references) against the black-and-white blankness.

I love that the people in that world have taken pains to explore it very high and very low, but haven’t touched most of it at all.

Finally, I love that I can explore it myself and that, if I want to, I can make each new visit to the comic a unique experience.

To enjoy the interaction, follow the directions in the title!

“Click and Drag”!!!!
There’s an old voice in my head that’s holding me back. Well, tell her that I miss our little talks…

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What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

About Andrew.

Andrew Cartwright grew up in Indianapolis, IN, but has lived over the years in such places as Denver, CO; Fairfax, VA; and Rivne, Ukraine. He is a former nonfiction editor for both Indiana Review and phoebe; he has also worked for the intersectional feminist journal, So To Speak, and the national literary magazine, Electric Literature. His work has appeared in The Normal School Online, Copper Nickel, Esquire Ukraine, Literary Hub, and Word Riot.

For more information about me and links to other writing, visit my author page at cartwriter.com