Zoilus readers, friends and passersby, I’ve been mentioning for a while that there is a new website coming. It’s here. Or, rather, it’s there. Happy blogday to us.
Back to the World is a group blog about arts and culture, written by me along with two of the most talented culture writers I know: Chris Randle, just coming out of university, who’s been helping out on Zoilus for several years and has written frequently for Eye Weekly and other publications on music, comics and other subjects; and Margaux Williamson, a visual artist and filmmaker who ventured out into criticism for the first time earlier this year with her blog Movie Is My Favourite Word (where her Back to the World posts will be cross-posted).
B2tW will differ from Zoilus on a lot of levels: First, obviously, there are two other writers. And music is only one of the things we’ll write about, while on Zoilus non-musical stuff has been an anomaly. As well, though, Zoilus pieces generally have a conversational voice - one writer, me, addressing the reader - and are usually motivated by outside events: A new release, an article I’ve read, a controversy that’s in circulation, a conversation going on in Internet-music circles. B2tW pieces are comparatively “unpegged” - making no effort to be first or even 100th on a subject, paying scant attention to timeliness in general, as a kind of “slow food”-style reaction to the instantaneousness of the Internet, which I’m now happier to participate in as a Facebook and Twitter user. It addresses itself to a particular style of thought (broadly speaking the essayistic) more deliberately than Zoilus has. Unlike this site, too, it’s not particularly tied to its base in Toronto, though the fact that we all live here will no doubt be reflected in its content as it evolves.
This site meanwhile will live on as a place for me to make announcements, link you to published work, mention records and shows I’m excited about, provide more music-criticism-specific commentary and, if the urge strikes, talk about the sorts of subjects and issues this site’s always talked about. But yeah, I think the main action will be over at the group site.
(By the way, it is not a statement of any kind that the show calendar over in the left margin has gone out-of-date - just busy-stressy reasons. Will fix, possibly today.)