FAQ

What's all this, then?

FLAMING HYDRA is a cooperative of 60 writers and artists who’ve banded together to publish a newsletter, launching on 30 January 2024.

FLAMING HYDRA is for the freedom of all kinds of people who like to read and write what we want, and who want to connect with others in an unmediated, private way, with no weirdo surveillance or profiteering, like the old internet used to be.

How much does it cost?

$3/month, or $36/year, for a brief, absorbing, ingenious daily newsletter each weekday. The price is low because we want everyone to read this thing.

Why the paywalls? How come I can't read it for free?

The price is low, but not free, because we don’t want to have to answer to anyone but our readers. There’s no owners, advertisers, or investors in FLAMING HYDRA. Just writers and artists trying to do good work.

What is the comment moderation policy at FLAMING HYDRA?

Subscribers may comment on newsletters, and we look forward to conversing with you there. There's just one rule, which is: Please be cool, or we will have to remove your comments.

Why start your own thing? Why not just write for regular magazines and newspapers?

You may have noticed how media keeps shrinking. Tons of places where we used to work—alt-weeklies, local newspapers, beloved blogs—no longer exist. As more and more independent outlets fail or are brought down, the whole culture grows poorer and more vulnerable to exploitation; less smart, and less fun.

We think it’s time we started shaping the future of media ourselves, to protect our freedom, independence and integrity. Also we are having a lot of fun creating a high quality, artist-owned publication.

Who's editing FLAMING HYDRA?

For the first few months Maria Bustillos, one of the founding members of the group, will be the lead editor, with the help of many other members who are pitching in on editing, illustrations, getting the word out, and all that jazz.

Who are the 60 members of FLAMING HYDRA?

The current membership includes:

TREVOR ALIXOPULOS, The New Yorker, Lipstick Traces
YEMISI ARIBISALA, Longthroat Memoirs
EMILY BELL, Columbia University, Guardian
LEILA BRILLSON, NYLON, Refinery29
MATT BUCHANAN, Eater, The New Yorker, The Awl
MARIA BUSTILLOS, Popula, The Awl, The Nation
DESSANE LOPEZ CASSELL, Seen Journal
AMY CHU, Camoot Journal
JIM COOKE, Los Angeles Times, Gawker
TOMMY CRAGGS, HBO, Mother Jones, Deadspin
BEN EHRENREICH, Desert Notebooks, The Way to the Spring
B.K. EPLER
EMILY FLAKE, The New Yorker, Mama Tried
CARRIE FRYE, The Awl
HAFIZAH GETER, The Black Period
MYRIAM GURBA, Mean, Creep, Tasteful Rude
D.D. GUTTENPLAN, The Nation
SHUJA HAIDER, The Nation, Popula
JENNIE ROSE HALPERIN, New York University
K.E. HARLOE, Media x Capital
JOHN HERRMAN, The Awl, New York Times, New York Magazine
BRIAN HIOE, New Bloom, No Man Is an Island
JAZMINE HUGHES, New York Times Magazine, The Hairpin
MIRA JACOB, Good Talk
BRANDY JENSEN, The Outline
LAURA JUNE, New York Magazine, The Verge
JONATHAN M. KATZ, Gangsters of Capitalism, The Racket
KIM KELLY, Teen Vogue, Fight Like Hell
MILES KLEE, Rolling Stone, MEL Magazine
SARAH LAMDAN, Data Cartels
JOE MACLEOD, Indignity
ARWA MAHDAWI, Guardian
COLIN MCGOWAN, RealGM, Sports Illustrated
ANNA MERLAN, Vice, Jezebel, Village Voice
DAVID MOORE, Sludge
DIANA MOSKOVITZ, Defector
TERRY NGUYEN, Vox, Dirt
HAMILTON NOLAN, Guardian, In These Times, The Hammer
OSITA NWANEVU, The New Republic, Guardian
LUKE O'NEIL, Welcome to Hell World, A Creature Wanting Form
YONI PORTUGALI, Poraz Books
DAVID J. ROTH, Defector
OLAJIDE SALAWU, OlongoAfrica
JOHN SAWARD, Mic, The Believer, Vice
TOM SCOCCA, Indignity
FAHAD SHAH, Guardian, The Nation
JULIANNE ESCOBEDO SHEPHERD, Pitchfork, Vogue
HARRY SIEGEL, FAQ NYC, Daily Beast, NY Daily News
JJ SKOLNIK, Bandcamp
GABRIEL SNYDER, The Fine Print, The New Republic, Gawker
SAM THIELMAN, Slate, The New Yorker
CLIVE THOMPSON, New York Times, Wired
KỌ́LÁ TÚBỌ̀SÚN, OlongoAfrica
SHIRLEY WANG, Brick House, National Public Radio, 99 Percent Invisible
LAURIE WOOLEVER, Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography, World Travel
MARK YARM, Everybody Loves Our Town, Blender

Wow! How can I subscribe, help out, and/or get in touch?

The more money we can raise for FLAMING HYDRA, the better and stronger it will be. We greatly appreciate your help and support.

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