They Live!

John Carpenter’s They Live! — An Escapological B-Movie if ever there was one.

From what I remember, it’s a bit pointlessly violent (~ten minutes of splattery ’80s machine gun nonsense) but look at those cool dystopian billboards. CONSUME! OBEY! WATCH TV! GET YOUR HAIR DID!

Apparently, there’s no exclamation mark in the title, but I think it deserves one.

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An Escapologist’s Diary. Part 32.


Another Expozine. I’m genuinely alarmed by how quickly it rolled around. I thought time would slow down in the post-escape world, but (to me at least) it seems to fly by just as fast as when I was a clock-watcher.

It was a fun Expozine. Fairly disastrous in terms of sales (we only sold nineteen copies, which isn’t really enough) but a good time was had all the same.

Our neighbour was Rebecca Heartz who apropos of nothing asked me if I like Stewart Lee and The Chap: two of my favourite things in the world. What a hero. She makes and sells prints and postcards of cute/grotesque, often post-apocalyptic scenarios. Lots of bunnies with tentacles. Brilliant.

We were visited by V, who originally discovered us by googling “how to escape” or something. She moved to Montreal recently, quite possibly on the advice of New Escapologist Issue Three. “Are you Robert Wringham?” she said upon coming to the table, which always makes my ego inflate to bursting point and sends it whizzing off around the room.

Later, there was a chap, N, who said he’d been in hospital with a mushroom-induced psychosis when someone brought him his first copy of New Escapologist. To pay for his second, he popped outside and busked for twenty minutes: something that filled me with unpredictable glee.

Since he busks near to a farmer’s market and is friends with some of the traders, N also gave us a bag of fresh kale.

I was happy to meet Roxanne and her famous ballz. She recently moved from Montreal to Glasgow. When she emailed a few months ago, I’d assumed she knew I was a Glaswegian in Montreal and that she wanted to talk about that. But she had no idea and just wanted to talk about New Escapologist. We were in each other’s social orbits on both sides of the Atlantic and didn’t know it. She works in The Thirteenth Note, Glasgow friends, so be sure to go and annoy her, preferably by asking lots of questions about her massive, foreign ballz.

We were also visited by many local friends who we don’t see enough of. That’s the thing about Expozine: it’s a beacon to hipster layabouts. Watching so many familiar faces come bright-eyed through the doors is like something from The Tommyknockers.

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Well, HiLo there

It’s risky quoting T.W. Adorno (that is, because many people who ought to know better claim that he is a strident, preachy, cranky mandarin), but I believe he’s one of the greatest idler theorists of all time, so here goes: “Wrong life cannot be lived rightly.”

We got a nice mention on the HiLobrow pop-culture blog this week. A dream come true.

It’s a good place to visit if you’d like to see an excerpt from the Joshua Glenn interview in our new Issue Seven.

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Complete PDF package now includes Issue Seven

Click here to order all seven issues of New Escapologist in PDF format.

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Newsletter #8

Welcome to the latest issue of our occasional newsletter. This time, we’d like to tell you about the brand new Issue Seven of New Escapologist, available now.

On The Lam

The theme of Seven is On The Lam and it celebrates the fugitives of history, the wandering bums, and travellers of all stripes.

It features two splendid interviews: one with Idler’s Glossary compiler Joshua Glenn; and one with stand-up comedian and purple Teletubby Dave Thompson.

We also have Reggie C. King on the life of Robert Walser; an escape kit designed by Robert Wringham; Neil Scott on what we can learn from Steve Jobs; Drew Gagne on the elasticity of ‘normality’; Tom Mellors on Hitch-Hiking; Bernice Murphy on apocalypse road-trip movies; Samara Leibner on Luke ‘Milquetoast’ Skywalker; and loads and loads more.

All illustrated by artists from Montreal, Brisbane, Lower Binfield, and Beyond.

It’s a one-hundred page monster and its out now. Buy your copy today.


We held a modest launch party for Issue Seven in Glasgow last week. Thanks to everyone who came and bought a copy.

Over in the new world, we’ll be selling New Escapologist at Expozine in Montreal on 17th and 18th November 2012. Expozine is the biggest indie media trade fair in North America and this will be New Escapologist’s third year in attendance. It’s free entry, so do come and see us if you’re in the area.

Issue Eight

It’s a tall order. It may even be impossible. But we’re hoping to have our eighth print edition out before the end of the year.

Just when you thought we’d fail our two-issues-per-year turnover, we wham one out at the last minute. Well, it hasn’t happened yet. But that’s the plan.

The theme (something of an antidote to Issue Seven) is Staying In. Pre-Order here.


By popular demand, New Escapologist is available in PDF format as well as print.

The pages of the PDF versions are identical to the print editions (sans cover) and should be readable on all the usual personal telephonic gimcracks.

Any electronic edition can be purchased individually but we also offer a bargain ‘complete works’ package.

(A similar package exists for print).

Visit the shop for details.

Big in Japan

Some of our work (Issue Six) has been translated into Japanese by Momoko Oda of the University of Bath. Full story here.


Thanks to everyone who came the Issue Seven launch this evening (especially Neil whose idea it was, and who took the photo). A great night.

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Issue Seven out now!

On The Lam

Issue Seven – On The Lam – looks at the ideas of running away, life on the road, transience, and movement. Featuring articles on Arizona; Robert Walser; Apocalyptic Road trip Movies; an Escapological tool kit; and two special interviews: one with comedian Dave Thompson and one with Idler’s Glossary compiler Joshua Glenn. And loads and loads more. Possibly our best issue to date.

Astonishing artwork from Landis Blair, Samara Leibner, Billy Mavreas, Seth, and other supernaturally gifted folk.

It’s a 100-page monster and costs just £6. (€7.80 / $10). Zero Adverts. Minimal bumph. Maximum Quality.

Buy it in print or PDF now.

Subscriber copies are making their way across the Earth’s surface as we speak. Ever the Situationists, we even delivered some copies by hand to Glaswegian subscribers today.

Remember of course, if you’re one of our Scottish readers, there’s the launch event on Monday too.

The ‘complete’ package below will be updated to include Issue Seven soon. For the moment, it just includes Issues One to Six.

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Issue Seven launch event, 5th November

You are cordially invited to our last-minute pop-up launch event at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow.

Come and have a first look at Issue Seven of New Escapologist. Meet our eudaemonology editor Neil Scott, our editor-in-chief Robert Wringham and various other fugitives and stumblebums.

The theme of Issue Seven is “On The Lam” and features interviews with Idler’s Glossary compiler Joshua Glenn and comedian/teletubby Dave Thompson. It also contains exciting essays on Steve Jobs, literary anti-heroes, Robert Walser, apocalypse road trip movies, and much more. It features artwork from Seth, Paul Milne, Lawrence Gullo and many others. It’s a finely-typset, 100-page beast of a bookazine.

Come! Buy a copy. Get swigged up. Ignore the burning-of-celebrity-anarchists festival surely going on outside.

The NE7 Launch Spectacular: it’s basically a drink in a pub.

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Escapological Vocab (Part 1)

Gradually at New Escapologist, we’ve invented our own terminology. It can probably be a bit confusing to newbies, so here’s a guide to some of the terms we use.

Escapology. The art, science, and phenomenon of breaking away from undesirable obligations into a self-engineered lifestyle of pleasure and integrity. Usually this involves stepping of the prescribed treadmill lifestyle of school > work > family > retirement > death, but not necessarily. Perhaps you already live the life of Jack Kerouac or The Mexican Fisherman and it is the treadmill world to which you’d like to escape. Either way, the art of getting there is Escapology. It must never be confused with escapism.

Escapologist. One who practices the art and science of Escapology. She is often characterised by a high degree of personal integrity, a critical bent, and an adventurous spirit.

New Escapologist. A printed periodical (and companion website) dedicated to reports of real-life Escapology, the sharing of Escapological practicalities, the seeding of Escapological thought, and the discussion of Escapological theory. All with a sense of humour and a tongue in the cheek. It is created and supported by Escapologists (there is no such thing as a New Escapologist or New Escapology).

Escapism. Escapology’s uncouth twin. Where Escapology methodically loosens the mind forg’d manacles, escapism will attempt to ignore them through tailored or off-the-peg distractions. Escapism is television, video games, general retreat into fantasy. All the while in the real world, the body grows weak and the manacles stronger. A bit of escapism can do you good, but not to the exclusion of proper, systematic Escapology.

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