“A new direction again?!” you might ask. Yes, again!
Hello Internet and Real World Friends – Old and New Alike,
Three years ago JP and Julie created Book Of Ours to provide creative, leftist commentary on everything from politics to technological advances to culture to psychological nuances in society to arts and entertainment. We spent three years cultivating, absorbing, reading, watching, rehashing, thinking, educating ourselves and evolving this conceptual corner of the internet into a viable yet fun tool to inspire others. We’ve done the work, in other words, so that you don’t have to. Here is an overview of us.
In those three years we lost our beloved little 14-year-old Pomeranian, got married, moved across country with our Maine Coon cat Gretel, bought a house for her and have been attempting to learn a new language called “Pittsburghese.”
We went from awkward live feeds on Facebook and YouTube to creating video essays that provoke thought and discovery on every angle of the cultural, artistic and political spectrum. Additions of music, voiceover, character development and mastering the art of story telling through critical commentary and art have put us on a level that has brought us recognition in areas we never expected.
Recently, our latest video on the Arnautoff murals has been supported and shared by the George Washington High School Alumni Association in San Francisco, and to this day we still receive personal emails from San Franciscans who thank us for our analysis on the sudden death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi.
For the last few months we have been archiving some of our older material and figuring out the best way to announce our move into the next phase of our creative work while simultaneously working on a new video!
The last two weeks have been enormously fun! As we were creating this new video, we discovered our ideas and our talent far surpassed our budget. After having to reload and restart our computer about 180 times, we realized we’ve been creating these videos and blog pieces on a shoe string budget, to be honest. With a little duct tape, and a fervent prayer that our clunky old computer will live to see another day, we persevered. JP even had to pull out his external hard drive, hand built in the dark ages, in order to archive some of our work to free up storage for the new works in progress.
Since we were shocked to find that money just doesn’t magically appear in our bank accounts or on our doorstep so that we may upgrade to the things one needs to create quality work, we realized we had no choice but to start a Patreon account.
We are especially proud of our latest piece and it has been very hard not to just toss it up onto our public YouTube channel and offer it to the world for free. Take a look at the teaser.
It’s a cartoon!
Julie was able to tap into her years of theatrical training and voiceover training to cultivate the character Tory, a “Gossip Girl” inspired commentator who takes us through the recently embarked voyage of Greta Thunberg, an exploited child activist. The script itself is a loose interpretation taken from a series of tweets by Cory Morningstar, one of the most brilliant, critical thinking investigative essayists out there. Ms. Morningstar’s 6 plus part series is a deep dive into the latest global trend: the use of children to push a neoliberal, capitalistic agenda.
Our newest video is only 3 minutes long but it provides a light-hearted snark into this incredibly cynical and dangerous move to child exploitation, at your expense.
For just $2 a MONTH, yes, that’s per MONTH, you can help us make even better material to share. As you can see our Patreon account only has our latest video, but we are already starting production on another one (most likely another cartoon), and we will be adding blog material soon enough. For $24 per YEAR, you can help get us there.
Some future ideas that are in the works:
“The Long Game to Kamala Harris” – our mental gymnastics are at work here, purely for entertainment purposes of course.
Julie is doing research on “folie á deux” – a psychological phenomena that once was rare and is now pervasive in society with the advances in social media programming.
JP is working on a video essay inspired by Cory Morningstar, the works of John Steppling and JP’s own understanding of simulacrum and the dangers of the green non profit industrial complex.
We will be introducing two new characters: pretentious, privileged artists who have received critical acclaim for their artistic interpretations of stratospheric aerosol injections.
We are also in the process of creating merch! Yep, you get some swag! Book of Ours will be offering a badge or t-shirt for purchase, or if you sign up to become a certain tier level on our Patreon page, we will send it to you for free.
As soon as we create them, these new creative blog and video pieces will be available on our Patreon page for you to view at a rate that is cheaper than anything you’ll find anywhere. It comes to like, $.07 per day if you start at the lowest tier.
We have a goal! As soon as we get $100 worth of patrons signed up to our Patreon page, we will release the full video of Greta Sails for free on our Book of Ours YouTube page. Think of how your small acts of patronage and generosity can help enrich the lives of those who would have otherwise never seen this incredible video!
We are very excited about this new direction. And, we hope to see you lurking around our Patreon page very soon!
Julie and JP