The latest issue of Cryonics features a couple of thoughtful articles on antinatalism. The first, by editor Aschwin de Wolf, provides a critical overview of contemporary philanthropic antinatalism — and deep pessimism — as exposited by David Benatar, Thomas Ligotti, and Nine-Banded author, Jim Crawford. The second is a review of David Benatar's seminal book, Better Never to Have Been. Of course, I have thoughts on all of it. But as you may surmise from the weeds growing around Hogsville, I'm not much inclined to gather and express thoughts of late. When the old familiar itch becomes infectious, I'll let you know.
In related news, this is as good a time as any to announce that Nine-Banded Books has entered an agreement with Sister Y (host of the excellent blog, The View from Hell) to publish her forthcoming book, Every Cradle is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide. Sister Y is a first-rate interdisciplinary writer and thinker, and I am very proud to count her among the growing stable of 9BB writers (where she will soon be joined by Samuel Crowell, Ann Sterzinger and cult author Tito Perdue). Anyway, here's the pre-order stub on Amazon. Yes, the release date is absurdly ambitious. And yes, that's her real name.