New year, new newsletter

New year, new newsletter

Oh, hello.

If you're receiving this email, that means you were a Georgia Brewsletter subscriber. And that means you've been receiving emails from me about anything from beer to fundraising to How I'd Fix Atlanta to whatever random things I've written lately. I probably don't say it enough: thanks for that.

I started the Brewsletter 10 years ago as a way to keep tabs on Georgia's rapidly changing craft beer industry and all the writing I was doing about it. Over the years, I started writing less about beers and more about other stuff. At some point, I was going to have to reckon with the fact that it was no longer just a beer newsletter, so when it was announced that TinyLetter—the email service provider I used to send the Brewsletter—was going away, I decided it was time to start fresh.

Here we are, then: a new newsletter called How I'd Fix Atlanta. It'll probably operate similarly to the way the Brewsletter did in the past couple years. Which is to say: a HIFA essay every month or so, fundraisers for various causes as they happen, the occasional newsletter about pieces I've written elsewhere, sometimes a newsletter that's just me writing about something because I feel like it.

If you signed up for a strictly-beer newsletter years ago and are hoping that I'll get back to that eventually, I hate to break it to you, but that ain't happening. I'll probably write about beer now and then, and we do have a beer-themed HIFA essay publishing in February, but that's it. And I certainly won't take it personally if you unsubscribe. 🫡

All right. Let's see what a photo looks like on this new platform.

[above: the author's cosmos jungle from a summer past]

Oh, hell yeah, that's nice. We love some wildflowers, don't we, folks?

New year, more new stuff

How I'd Fix Atlanta has a new logo, which you probably saw up at the top of this newsletter. We've got new stickers of the new logo as well, so let me know if you want some. We've got a new website, which still needs some tidying up, but is very exciting. AND we have a new Season Two zine in the works—expect that in a few months.

New, non-HIFA stuff

I recently wrote about my favorite Jason Molina songs for Welcome to Hell World alongside a bunch of other rad folks. Check it out if you're a fan or if you're not a fan—there's so much great stuff. And if you've got a few bucks to spare, subscribe to Hell World. Luke O'Neil is one of the best ones we got, imho.

Kinda sorta related: listen, I don’t wanna tell you what to do—this is just an idea!—and I certainly don’t wanna go out on a limb or get all political or say something out of pocket, but I really think—this is just a suggestion!—that your life would notably improve if you listened to more Waxahatchee.

That was a dumb tweet I sent the other day, but I stand by it. Her new song with MJ Lenderman is perfect (seriously, I just had to pause this goddamn sentence right there in the middle and watch the entire video before I linked it) and it sent me down a reallll rabbithole of her catalog over the past week or so. I'm a big fan now. Waxahatchee forever.

New season of How I'd Fix Atlanta

Season Three kicks off Feb. 15, and I've already got some dope essays piling up. That's all I'm gonna say about that for now, but watch your inbox.

Oh, and if you or someone you know has a great idea that should be a How I'd Fix Atlanta essay, hit me up. I'm always accepting pitches and I can currently pay $600 for each essay, which is frankly more than almost any professional publication pays for most stories.

Before I close this out, I just wanna say that it's been a real fun adventure making this thing over the past couple years. I don't know where it's heading, but I keep taking meetings with people who seem interesting, so that's something.

If you know anyone who would enjoy How I'd Fix Atlanta, please forward this and encourage them to subscribe. I truly appreciate it. You're great. I mean that.

talk soon,