A little Tabs lore on a Friday afternoon
I'm Ruth Ann, sick of introducing myself at age 72 but thrilled to be here. You know the punchline
Senior Managing Editor for Graphics, bringing Rusty’s weird ideas to life via Photoshop since season 1. he usually says whatever I’ve made should look shittier than it does.
Hi I'm Marcus, I'm from Idaho and I live in Austin. You have to live somewhere. That's how they get you.
Woo, Season Seven! (Still not sure what seasons are, but I'm into it)
Joanna aka Purrkeepsie, probably better known in the discord than in comments here. I, um, am 61 years old, a librarian, wife, mom, reader, thinker, writer, former Brooklynite, now cavorting in the wild woods of the Hudson Highlands (you might know it as Poughkeepsie). I will be 62 in a week, can't hardly wait.
hi gang! i'm nick andersen, i live in cambridge, ma, and i'm a podcast producer. i first came to tabs because caroline o'donovan, formerly of neiman lab here in cambridge and still a dear friend, told me to, and i've never regretted it one second. i have many hobbies, but right now my main hobby is 'organizing my wedding,' which is happening in a few short weeks and right now mostly involves me draining tomatoes for tomato water martinis. (i'll explain more should anybody ask)
Hi, again. Emerson Dameron here. Copywriter by trade. Comedy writer, competitive storyteller, and bee rescuer on my own time. I live in Los Angeles, as far west as I can get without setting sail. I’ve been AWOL from the Tabs Discord to deal with personal matters, but it’s well worth the price of a subscription by itself, and anyone who doesn’t subscribe to Tabs probably should. Have a great weekend if that’s what you’re into.
Hi there, I'm Dan and I live in rural Wisconsin after years abroad in South America and the Caribbean. That "You can always quit" thing? I lived and continue to live that. I'm, um, not in the media. I just scroll Twitter way too much which is how I found tabs years ago.
I play drums both professionally and unprofessionally. I've been working remotely in "tech" for about 10 years now as a side-gig. I grow fruit, veggies, run chickens and spend a lot of time trying to ensure my kids, dogs, cats, and everything else out here isn't covered in ticks.
Every once in awhile I find something in Tabs that sends me down a beautiful rabbit hole. For instance, following a Tabs link where Margaret Mitchell tweeted about Roger Penrose and his theories on AI and sentience. I'm the idiot that clicks that link; goes out and watches Penrose's YouTube lectures; and then buys a beat-up stained copy of one of his books that takes me down a path I wouldn't have ever found on my own. That's why I'm here.
I surprise myself that I am here. I hate this stuff, and yet I read it every time it shows up in my inbox. I completely avoid pop culture and current events in every other way, and most of the time I don't even tab bro, I just try to make sense of the stuff without looking at what is linked. What's wrong with me.
I am still grieving the death of David Carr, whose opinion I always trusted. On June 29, 2014, He listed "Newsletters you might actually want to read" in his NYT column and you were there.
"Today in Tabs, by Rusty Foster
-Funny guy with a sharp eye for the stuff on the Internet that makes us who we are, for better or worse. On hiatus until mid-September."
I immediately signed up. Have been a devoted fan of Tabs ever since. I lived in Cambridge, MA then; have since moved to North Carolina (because I'm old and there are no icy sidewalks down here), but do get up to beautiful Maine in the summer !
Hey folks, I'm Sebastian. As a 30-year-old grad student, I somehow stumbled on Tabs early in its first iteration. I was a former newspaper reporter and aspiring critic who couldn't get enough of what we didn't yet and probably no longer call "the tea." In the words of Frank Drebbin, "I've been swimming in raw sewage, and I love it!"
I live in Cambridge, Mass. — but I still identify as a rural Missourian despite not having lived in my 400-person hometown since 1997. I'm an English professor at a school in, not outside of, Boston. I would say that my hobby is reading, but it's also technically my work so I guess I don't have a hobby. Or! My hobby is my sporadic freelance criticism and newslettering (Rusty once called the latter "usually good"), because none of that makes any money.
hello and good tidings - name is Alex and I write and act for a living which mostly means not acting but a day ago I auditioned for one of the medical tv shows - I taped it at home and my wife was the reader and she did a great job doing all the "I need a EKG and three SKOOTRS stat!" and honestly I hope they cast her off the reading alone
I like it here. I'm a tabber AND a today'er. god bless
I’m DB, I am a native of California who lives in central Sweden, and I am hoping no Nazis get elected in the national election on Sunday. I have no idea how I found Tabs. I once promised to give Rusty a donation in lieu of a subscription bc I’m poor but utterly failed to follow through. I used to be in journalism. Now I’m in marketing. There used to be a bigger gap between those two industries. Or maybe my memory’s just shot. Rusty, thank you for making me laugh and surprisingly often. Sorry I’m such a deadbeat. But we also serve who serve only as bad examples. xoxo
Hi! I'm 50, happily married, living in rural Michigan with our two dogs and two cats. I used to be a nurse. Now I read newsletters. Edited to add: My name is (sigh) Karen, but I try not to be "A Karen" :)
Hi, I'm Michael, and I live in Boston [waves to the Cantabrigians across the river]. I work for Oxfam and my focus there is on the way digital technologies, media platforms, and all of it is basically ruining humanity and the planet and if we don't do something about it we are well and truly fucked. So you can see how and why Tabs intersects with my professional life. I also find it to be one of the best-written and most entertaining things I read regularly (which is saying a lot). A coworker recommended it to me a few years ago -- before The Hiatus -- and tbh I kind of forgot about it until The Return. Now I can't imagine life without it, so THANK YOU, Rusty, for persevering. When I'm not toiling away at "Olde Knifey's" #1 "charity" (as they call non-profits like ours over there), I sling websites for the literarily inclined and have a cottage pastime preserving the legacy of the UK band Cocteau Twins.
Hello, lovely Tabbers! I'm Jane, I have bounced around the country a bit but settled down in Oakland circa 2007 and have mostly been there since then. I'm a design researcher by trade, although I've had like four different careers in the last two decades. I've been reading Tabs since season 1.
A fun story about Tabs 2.0: I had demanded Substack delete my account because of a data breach like four days before Rusty sent the "TABS IS BACK BABY" email and immediately threw my principles out the window and subscribed as soon as I received it. I regret nothing!
I am also a mod on Ye Olde Tabs Discord, and I encourage all of you to come join in the fun. It's the nicest place on the internet, but not in, like, a cloying way.