As of Friday, two years have passed since Extratone’s launch, and I’m afraid this letter will fail to live up to my grandiose and extremely sentimental from last May. We have explored still further since — evolving our platform and its satellite media into their adult form and striding ever closer to finding our identity. For myself, this project has continued to teach more and more even though I almost destroyed and neglected to fix it for the past few months.
⊛ The consequences of YouTube’s profound influence on our society is increasingly in the media spotlight as The Tump Era continues on, but nobody has summed it more concisely than our own Junie Cortez in “The Children of The Search.”
⊛ One day, I hope Eryn and I will have the opportunity to continue Runnin’ Down a Dream - the audio diary of our bizarre adventures revisiting the small rural towns of our Missouri home. Its single present was an entertaining recount of our ridiculous trip to Mark Twain’s Mississippi-side stomping grounds, and a welcome personal departure from the future which was definitely worth sharing.
⊛ In “,” Isiah recounts his investigation into the legitimacy of a “cry for help” he stumbled upon in his effort to join 1000 Steam groups, setting his usual wit within a heavier frame that opens a window into an absolutely tantalizing beat which we desperately need to widen further: the infinite mysteries hidden throughout the crannies of the World Wide Web.
⊛ I believe firmly that style should be liberated from its legacy fashion magazine prison, and our Culture Editor Leo Marx is notably the best-dressed man I’ve ever met. Though he may be Extratone’s other Old Man, he is no way confined by retro romanticism in “,” yet another example to follow in future work, and unquestionably our most useful piece yet.
⊛ We were all tremendously proud of our deep-cover Prose Ghost (who’s assumed byline is K. I. Eleutherios XVII for protection) when they managed to succeed where so many talented investigators have failed in infiltrating the facade of the Times Square kayak rental industry. “” is by a long way our most exclusive and hard-hitting reporting thus far.
, immediately reachable by , and my enthusiasm for new work will always be huge and immediate, but in the time between pitches and submissions, I’m going to focus on the list of potential works I’ve built up. I doubt also that I will require more than a few months to figure out how to proceed, and I promised you’ll be exhaustively apprised of my progress in real time.