Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
–– Picasso

“I’m here for the bag, son. I’m here for the fucking bag of money, you dumb ass.”
–– Mach-Hommy

I'm writing this to ask you for money. Patreon, in theory, is a wonderful thing, a mechanism that allows people to seek support directly from their audiences; virtually all artists, including ones who became critically and even historically significant, have relied on an unpredictable and unreliable network of odd jobs, wealthy benefactors, and compromising work. This is better.

But it's hard for me to untangle it, in my mind, from the reality that people are crowdsourcing funds to have tumors removed from their stomachs. These are bleak times. You probably don't have a ton of disposable income. So I get that this is a big ask.

A little about me: I'm a writer and critic from Winnipeg who grew up in Minnesota and is now based in Los Angeles. I cover rap music for a living––the work itself and the people who make it. If you're familiar with me from Twitter (@paulxt) or real life [squints skeptically out a window], you've seen my work in Vulture, Pitchfork, Noisey, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Complex, XXL, and so on. I'm very proud of a lot of work I've done, and am constantly trying to cover the genre and culture in more expansive, more rigorous, and more honest ways. 

I'm also launching my own artistic career. In 2016, I published a book online, for free, as a sort of precursor to what I've been working on for the past 18 months. My novel is about 90 percent finished, and I will (hopefully) spend the summer securing the right agent and publisher. I also have a couple of TV projects in the works, but this is L.A. and my dog has a script caught in development, so make of that what you will. 

If you're interested in supporting artists and the arts generally, I hope you'll consider kicking me a couple of dollars every month. It will help me eat, pay bills, and continue to A. pursue writing as a serious calling and B. cover other artists with the time and attention they deserve. 

But I understand that this is a transaction, and in return you will receive at least one piece of writing that I've put serious thought into each month. The most recent piece is a 6,000-word retrospective on Pimp C's life. 

I hope you'll consider kicking me a few dollars in perpetuity or until I get rich or until you lose your credit card at a bar in Dallas.

If you'd rather pass this link around Slack to other people who have health insurance while you sit seven feet from one another in Williamsburg, I understand that, too. 

Paul


Tiers
Patrons
$4 or more per month
Access to Patron-only posts and articles
Monopoly men
$9 or more per month

Access to Patron-only posts and articles, plus early access to book manuscript (~mid-June)

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
–– Picasso

“I’m here for the bag, son. I’m here for the fucking bag of money, you dumb ass.”
–– Mach-Hommy

I'm writing this to ask you for money. Patreon, in theory, is a wonderful thing, a mechanism that allows people to seek support directly from their audiences; virtually all artists, including ones who became critically and even historically significant, have relied on an unpredictable and unreliable network of odd jobs, wealthy benefactors, and compromising work. This is better.

But it's hard for me to untangle it, in my mind, from the reality that people are crowdsourcing funds to have tumors removed from their stomachs. These are bleak times. You probably don't have a ton of disposable income. So I get that this is a big ask.

A little about me: I'm a writer and critic from Winnipeg who grew up in Minnesota and is now based in Los Angeles. I cover rap music for a living––the work itself and the people who make it. If you're familiar with me from Twitter (@paulxt) or real life [squints skeptically out a window], you've seen my work in Vulture, Pitchfork, Noisey, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Complex, XXL, and so on. I'm very proud of a lot of work I've done, and am constantly trying to cover the genre and culture in more expansive, more rigorous, and more honest ways. 

I'm also launching my own artistic career. In 2016, I published a book online, for free, as a sort of precursor to what I've been working on for the past 18 months. My novel is about 90 percent finished, and I will (hopefully) spend the summer securing the right agent and publisher. I also have a couple of TV projects in the works, but this is L.A. and my dog has a script caught in development, so make of that what you will. 

If you're interested in supporting artists and the arts generally, I hope you'll consider kicking me a couple of dollars every month. It will help me eat, pay bills, and continue to A. pursue writing as a serious calling and B. cover other artists with the time and attention they deserve. 

But I understand that this is a transaction, and in return you will receive at least one piece of writing that I've put serious thought into each month. The most recent piece is a 6,000-word retrospective on Pimp C's life. 

I hope you'll consider kicking me a few dollars in perpetuity or until I get rich or until you lose your credit card at a bar in Dallas.

If you'd rather pass this link around Slack to other people who have health insurance while you sit seven feet from one another in Williamsburg, I understand that, too. 

Paul


Recent posts by Paul Thompson

Tiers
Patrons
$4 or more per month
Access to Patron-only posts and articles
Monopoly men
$9 or more per month

Access to Patron-only posts and articles, plus early access to book manuscript (~mid-June)