5CT October 2015

T his autumn edition of 5CT is dedicated to passionate humans everywhere who chase their muse, their passions and their creative obsessions to the ends of the earth. A friend and mentor writes a seriously good novel. After you read this, stone inscriptions will never be the same. What the Fuck is a fucking amazing listen. The Great Gatsby was great, but how about that cover art? An amazing woman talks about work, and, um, super chickens. “Noise is a buffer, more effective than cubicles or walls.” Margaret Heffernan

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John simmons author and book cover for leaves(cover and author photo by Jessie Simmons)

My friend John Simmons has written a very lovely book that does what every good novel should do. It evokes a time and a place and is populated with indelible characters. The language—as you might expect—is original and beautiful. Sometimes it is startling. John started this book some years ago and fate smiled upon him in the form of London based publisher, Urbane. My friend Neil Baker loved it too…

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5CT June 2015

G reetings from Torridon, on the west coast of Scotland. The big empty, as my friend Jamie Jauncey calls it. This issue circles back to (recently featured) Sherman Alexie, who just floored some Dark Angels. Torridon is geologically and visually stunning. Voice is central to Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Herbie Hancock’s chant. A periodic table of storytelling? Yes. And where to store all those wonders you find online? “My great-great uncle and Long Wolf understood that to be fully human means dwelling not just on the planet but in nature. That’s where our hearts beat strongest.” Jamie Jauncey

Dark Angels, Moniack Mhor 2015
Dark Angels, Moniack Mhor 2015


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5CT January 2015

O ne fine writer says a pen might change the world. The Guardian celebrates the birthday of a fine jazz label.  An English filmmaker films an America that’s a little off — and a little other. In tech, there is a nice clean way to write on your iPhone or Mac and sync your work to everywhere. And still another publisher is kicking out stories in a gorgeous mode. Happy 2015, I wish you wisdom and prosperity. “Do not read,” said Gustave Flaubert, “as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” Make sure to scroll down to the end. A small treat awaits.

The world’s most famous jazz label – celebrated for its striking use of design as much as for its groundbreaking recordings – is 75 this year. John Fordham tells the story of Blue Note through a selection of its famous album covers. - The Guardian

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5CT December 2014

5 Cool Things for 12.14. A documentary film about silence. Two new online homes for storytelling. Modern Creole jazz. A long, riveting chat between two giants of American literature. “In love there are two things, bodies and words.” – Joyce Carol Oates. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, all. 5CT is best shared with friends.

Image courtesy Sarah Weinman.

Image courtesy Sarah Weinman

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5CT September 2013

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From this most hallowed of weekends, I send my greetings. John O’Hara holds the world record for published stories in the New Yorker, and may also be a world record holder for antagonizing nearly every human who met him. I listened to the Stupid Orchestra and heard my daily life in song. Julia Margaret Cameron was 48 when she first dove under the dark cloth…

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