Son & Foe
Posted on December 16, 2005 Posted by John Scalzi 1 Comment
Those of you who are itchin’ for new reading material of a mordant and/or quirky sort would be well-advised to check out Son and Foe, a new online magazine with an interesting distribution model: It posts material from its editions on its Web site, but not all at once — and it also offers a downloadble version, complete with multimedia goodies, for $3. I have the downloadable version, which I recommend over sucking down the free feed, because in addition to the fiction of the magazine, the short films and music that come in the multimedia packet are both good and curious: songs about massively decompressing planes and funny short films about high school gym riots (featuring elephants!) are highlights. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of offbeat tidbits, and I’ve been having fun sampling the buffet.
So check out the Son and Foe site, and if you like what you see, give thought to shelling out the three bucks for the whole package. It’s a queer bill well invested, I’d say.
“Son and Foe is this journal’s title because the complex relationship between Satan, Sin, and Death manages to echo the incestuous and tempestuous relationships which exist between all creative peoples and endeavors, both inside and outside of the literary world.”
Hmmm. Not my theory of art, but okay. And you’re right, the sales model is a cool one.