Hello, visitor! My name is Sonya Mann, as indicated by the URL.
I’m fascinated by microeconomics and tribalism (especially weird subcultures). I read voraciously about the tech and media industries, with some politics thrown in.
I have a personal newsletter, which goes out once a month, ideally, but sometimes less frequently than that.
Exolymph was a cyberpunk newsletter — it’s now defunct, but the archives will stay up indefinitely. In addition to general musings on the state of our techno-dystopia, I occasionally interviewed people and wrote flash fiction.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or want to chat.
- My personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I’m active on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Hacker News.
- Check out my Keybase profile for more info.
There are a few ways to keep track of what I’ve been reading. My Pocket recommendations are public, as is my Pinboard profile. Do not interpret bookmarking as implicit endorsement! It’s common for me to read things that I disagree with.
The website you’re surfing right now features a section dedicated to crucial excerpts from interesting essays. However, I don’t actively maintain it.
Lastly, I compiled a list of the thinkers and writers who influenced me the most.
- There are always tradeoffs.
- The truth is somewhere in the middle.
“Ideas about what’s important and valuable are usually thought of as fundamental truths or moral axioms, but are often better modelled as shifting social fictions, local residue of larger-than-human social phenomena, tribal markers, and so on.” — Warg Franklin
“[W]e are all constantly telling and enacting stories about ourselves and the things around us, but we have an enormous and little-explored freedom to change the kind of stories we tell, to break the bounds of conventional genres in search of more effective tales.” — Mike Travers
“I hate ‘debate’. Debate is how to transform the positive-sum game of collaborative thinking into a zero-sum game.” — Zooko Wilcox
“sorry but if sincerely defending your beliefs is clearly and easily distinguishable from trolling then your beliefs are basic” — @literalbanana