Update: wow, 11,432 submissions as of this morning! I never would have expected half of that.
Have never seen that big a response to anything I’ve ever done! But I’ll take it and try to make it happen again in every space I can. Most site owners never get that kind of traction with their sites, even after years of work, so I guess I’m just lucky to live a charmed life. I think the popularity has something to do with the link between art, culture, and, frankly, vice – I don’t mean bad stuff like prostitution or extortion, but more the puritanical pushback we get whenever we mention certain words. Like gambling, or even (on the other side of the culture) hunting. It’s the judgmental nature of our culture that brings to the fore the distasteful aspects forbidden by legacy mores and anachronistic beliefs in morality. I think I could go on and on about this without convincing anyone, but I think any investigation regarding the grey markets that thrive in America will lead you to this same conclusion: There’s something compelling about sex, money, death and the ways those archetypes are viewed and projected in the media. And I refuse to be influenced by the media definitions of beauty – but agree those defining standards are very hard to ignore, but do you really need to go on Dr. Simeons hCG diet, or undergo a gastric bypass alternative just to make yourself presentable? Be healthy, yes, but perfect? Not possible. So that’s where I’ve spent some time pondering and looking for bridges to build.
Anyway, enough of the updates. Without further ado about nothing, on to the meat and potatoes of the site…
Form? It’s up to you. Anything from classic couplets to rambling free verse is fine with us. Prose? No problem. Music? Well, give it a shot, but we’re not quite up to hosting media files just yet. Give us some time.
You see, we find nothing quite so inspiring as the fruit machine or one-armed bandit. Or even good old gift baskets delivered right to you door. Like the wood-cased radios that tuned in the events and the very culture of a century ago, the classic slots represent a mechanical age just coming to terms with the electronic future. A bridge, if you will, between the rough-and-tumble Wild West saloons and the Space Age glamor of the Rat Pack heyday of Las Vegas.
A voice from the past, a thoroughly corrupt and yet thoroughly innocent age.
Inspiration comes from many sources. Perhaps you have to be fascinated with the rich history and subculture of gambling to be inspired by online slots; perhaps the superficial gaudiness and oft-repeated connection to criminality and loose morals turns you away from the fascinating sights, sounds, and stories that the history of gambling has provided.
We understand; sometimes a widespread, mainstream cultural prejudice is a hard thing to shake, and you may certainly find more inspiration in rainbows and unicorns than jackpots and betting against the odds…