April 4th, 2019

Manifesto of the Month

The Unraveling Prism
GBoyer

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1. You Get up in the Morning

 

You get up in the morning, and you go to our job, and you do whatever it is you’ve been trained to do, through school and circumstance, and you come home to this place that you call yours, except for maybe it’s just a rented bit of flooring in some basement and beside a work desk or under someone else’s pillow, but you got a stove to heat your food, and maybe someone to talk to, maybe not, and the years pile on the years, and your body turns to a more brittle version of your body and maybe every once in a while something shatters or starts to wobble in its seat of cartilage. Eventually, one of these things will end you. Is this the dream?

 

Are we dreaming when we slurp up our gelattos come Sunday and sniffle into the palm of our hand while we rummage about in the Internet’s glittering trash? Is there a dream in all of this? The dream made real in the 20th Century that then proved itself to be in actuality just a dream as the 21st approached? The dream of the lobotomite in the White House brought low? Or of the return of some sense of decency? The dream that a man once talked about of all people stood tall together?

 

You remember those dreams.

 

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December 3rd, 2017

3 Things

Episode 18: Big Babies, Group Think, & Willpower

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This week on Three Things we talk about adults who never grow up and still live a meaningful life, how no matter how smart we may seem on an individual scale, we’re not too bright in groups, and our struggles with self control.

 


November 17th, 2017

ApesNest@Mutable

Gabriel Boyer performs w/ Talbot, Talbot, Talbot

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A few weeks ago, Mutable’s Gabriel Boyer read a story from his soon-to-be-finished Apocryphal Histories of the Parasite along with the musical mayhem of Talbot Talbot Talbot, not to be confused with their alter ego—Death Shepherd!


October 8th, 2017

3 Things

Episode 17: Cars, Apocalypse, & Internet Irony

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This week on 3 Things we talk about the cars we have owned, or in Gabe’s case, about the cars we never in actual fact have owned, the apocalypses we would like to see, and whether or not the apocalypse is even happening, although it is definitely true that the internet is killing irony, and I don’t mean it’s killing it, but more like it’s dead. Which is the third thing we talk about. Enjoy!

 


October 2nd, 2017

ApesNest@Mutable

If You’re Going to Shave Down a Seal
Chris Braiotte

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[There's this thing that's been happening around Boston where people read creepy stories over creepy music and it's called Ape's Nest, and we here at Mutable love it so much that we are going to start featuring the print versions of these stories, beginning with this remarkable bit below.]

 

If you’re going to shave down a seal — and I’m seriously not suggesting that you do — you need to pay attention to the contours.

 

You see, most of a seal is smooth and uncomplicated, a long curlicue like a hairy Nike swoosh. You’ll get lulled into a long careless shave, and that’s when it’ll go wrong. Because there you are, zooming along, and blammo. Flipper changes the angle. You nick that seal right in the fold of his flipper, and then you’ve got a mostly hairless, bleeding, pissed off seal. And once that seal starts thrashing you’re both trapped in an upwelling cycle of blood and resentment.

 

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September 10th, 2017

3 Things

Episode 16: Roko’s Basilisk, Workweek, No Sand

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For those of you who don’t know, Roko’s Basilisk is the premise that AI might develop to create virtual hells for those who didn’t help develop AI, and, speaking of hell, the 40-hour workweek is brutal—but worry not, because the Earth is running out of everything, including sand! As our three experts of nothing discuss these issues in their many infantile styles like overgrown babies as awlays. For the most part, they spend their time complaining about the future, the present, and the past, as usual. Enjoy!

 


September 9th, 2017

Mutable Sound of the Month

Sophia Darby

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On a quiet summer evening some several months ago, I found myself sitting out on the grass beside a farm in New Hampshire, while on a haybed left parked just by the sheep pen a pair of musicians were in the middle of the most dreamy set of folk-pop. Later, I was to learn the singer-songwriter who stood with her hair perched on top of her head was Sophia Darby. Her voice has a similar lilting confessional style as Cat Power—the same casual almost lullaby quality that I enjoyed so much on early Cat Power masterpieces, such as Moon Pix and Covers—Sophia Darby has the power though to grab your attention and keep it there. I hope you enjoy this other candid video. Someone please produce her album!


August 14th, 2017

3 Things

Episode 15: Stories, Roadtrips, & Magic Lost

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In this episode of 3 Things, Gabe, Mal, and Adam ponder stories and what makes them tick, their favorite most horrible road trips and losing the magic. Gabe has his own ideas of what makes a good story, Adam talks about wandering off in Alaska, and Malcolm consoles everyone about how great 90′s hip hop was, and maybe those days are done, but those were some days. There’s always spelunking!