ben tapeworm's almanac

Peter Bowman
a weekly pamphlet on archives, the internet, & the end of the world
Created 26 Nov 2020
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  • December 2021: vol. II
    14 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    I was going to write about “vibes” or The War on Drugs or my favorite things of 2021 but I had to work all weekend and am in a state of booster-shot delirium, so I’m just doing links this week. I’ll w...
  • December 2021: vol. I
    07 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    1 You guys have three days! Until I destroy the earth! I am the Sun God! Perfect! Release! Perfect! Release! Perfect! Release! He counts aloud to thirteen and stops. A man selling shirts by the Washin...
  • November 2021: vol. V
    30 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of ben tapeworm’s almanac. I am not entirely sure what I expected from this project, but I’m glad to be doing it and grateful for all of you, who have been encoura...
  • November 2021: vol. IV
    23 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    I’m excited to announce that November 2021: vol. IV will be print-only! I’ve been wanting to do a print edition for a while, so I’m taking this week to finish working on it. It’ll be like a normal iss...
  • November 2021: vol. III
    16 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    At work last week, I killed a cockroach with my left boot. I hit it twice, hard. A headless roach can live for weeks. Yesterday, another one was playing dead beneath my desk. My boot made it dead dead...
  • November 2021: vol. II
    09 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
    When David Saunders, a 98-year-old WWII veteran, died of Covid-19 in August, his body was donated to science in accordance with his wishes. His remains, however, ended up at a Marriott, where attendee...
  • November 2021: vol. I
    02 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Wolf number 1155, which had lived in Yellowstone National Park for about seven years and had been banded by biologists in 2018, wandered out of the Park this past April. He was trapped and shot by the...
  • October 2021: vol. IV
    26 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Early this morning, the City disappeared into a storm. Low, gray clouds leveled the skyline. The rain whooshed and pounded and made loud metallic plinks on AC window units. The governor declared a sta...
  • October 2021: vol. III
    19 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    In the archival box there are two folders: August 63 ORDERED and Random 8-63. In both are letters and documents from August, 1963. What separated them? Was the sorting interrupted or were some content...
  • October 2021: vol. II
    12 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Language is an instrument the voice whips about. A line is sung, then shouted, then it disappears into the surprise of the next one—or into silence, into the churn of guitar and drums. Frances Quinlan...
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