Sim City 2k, Post-Capitalism, and ‘The Four Futures’.

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Following the excellent Kevin T. Baker essay on the inherent ideology of the Sim City games and their effects on how people think about urban planning, I got to thinking about the Arcologies in Sim City 2000.

The Arcologies are the end point of the game, the only real winning condition the series sets up. If your city is successful enough to build new forms of cities, then you win.

Which got me thinking about the end of capitalism.

Peter Frase’s “The Four Futures: Life After Capitalism” states that capitalism as we know it is coming to an end, not only due to the productive limits of industry and rate of value added, but also the ecological limits imposed by climate change. …


TRANSCRIPT: THE GREAT POST-BREXIT BRITISH BAKE-OFF SERIES 21: QUARTERFINAL SHOWSTOPPER

By John Leavitt

<<A long pan over trees and flowers with the big white baking tent in the background>>

VO: The week over, let’s rejoin PAT and DAISY back in the tent as our bakers eagerly await their Showstopper challenge.

PAT: Did you have a restful week Dase? I certainly did, pickled all the whelks I could find for winter.

DAISY: I collected windfall apples and berries the birds didn’t snatch from our country’s many large, productive, and well-staffed farms.

PAT: The theme of this week’s Showstopper challenge was “Scavenging”, to see the most delicious and creative dishes our bakers could make using only ingredients found in and around the Hirren-on-Hull encampment. …


KOOPAISM IS CAPITALISM : The Super Mario Bros. Movie at 25.

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Super Mario Bros. is a ridiculous movie, but as we find ourselves in ridiculous times, the 25th anniversary gives us opportunity to reflect on the themes and messages of the movie and how much more relevant they are to our current situation then in 1993.

Let me say it now: Super Mario Bros. anticipated 2018.

It’s not just that we live in a cyberpunk dystopia, that was always a given. It’s that we live in a cyberpunk dystopia with an ongoing ecological crisis based on constant exploitation of the poor and working class ruled by a deranged, narcissistic despot with weird hair. …


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The whole gay world is a agog at the new, emotionally open and therapeutic Queer Eye series on Netflix and its handsome Food and Wine expert, Antoni. While most arguments are about if he can actually cook, I want a raise a bolder and more fundamental question: is Antoni Porowski a secret agent in deep cover as a reality show host? My case follows.

  • He is only relaxed around knives
  • Very excited about basements
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  • Lights up when discussing things arranged in ‘logical organized ways’
  • We all love a dimpled chin, a killer smile, and a vague sense of scanning the room for exits and potential…


“The Estate Of William Bradley Pitt Vs. The Museum Of New Reality”

By John Leavitt

In a windowless conference room under an airport hotel, people are screaming about copyright.

“This video game — or artwork, as you call it -” The dry faced lawyer cleared his throat. “ Is a clear violation of The Property’s rights. An obvious attempt to confuse the public with implausible fals-.”

“It is Art! A full-sensory Reality Simulation exploring identity, masculinity, taboo, and fame within the context of a contemporary dreamscape created by a fan audience that-”

“It’s called “My All Brad Pitt Gang Bang!’ It’s got nine versions of Brad Pitt going at it in a hotel room!” …


Has it just been a year? It feels like an eternity what with the end of things and all. Here’s a round up of things I had published.

I drew a lot of stuff for THE NIB but I like THE X-MEN MADE ME GAY and CLASSIC MONSTER HOROSCOPES the most.

I wrote about how ‘THE INVASION’ is a fascist parable for our times for VICE

I did some illustrations and logoform for the amazing new queer literary magazine IGNOTA.

I tracked the curious class consciousness of seersucker as it went from working class uniform to garden party material for…


Well this is awful.

So what are we going to do about it? We, the people unwillingly called ‘creatives’? What’s an artist or designer to do? What’s a writer to do? What’s typographer to do? Do we just sit here feeling bleak and gutted or do we do something?

How do we confront a fascist rightward tide that is so utterly and immensely grotesque?

First, it wasn’t a tide. Half the country didn’t vote and the popular vote was lost to the tune of 3 million plus. There’s no mandate. This whole nightmare is a horrible fluke. It’s hitting triple 7s on your first quarter while being told the great Aunt you never knew left you a solid gold Cadillac. It’s getting abducted by aliens while being hit by lighting. …


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John Leavitt

Writer and cartoonist for The Toast, The Awl, and The New Yorker. That guy you met at that party once. More at leavittalone.com

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