There’s an article in The New Yorker by Kathryn Schulz called The Really Big One. It’s been creating quite a buzz, and rightly so. It’s a detailed and evocative piece about the Cascadia fault:

When the next very big earthquake hits, the northwest edge of the continent, from California to Canada and the continental shelf to the Cascades, will drop by as much as six feet and rebound thirty to a hundred feet to the west—losing, within minutes, all the elevation and compression it has gained over centuries.

But there’s another hotspot on the other side of the country: the New Madrid fault line. There isn’t (yet) an article about in The New Yorker. There’s something better. Two articles by Maciej:

  1. Confronting New Madrid and
  2. Confronting New Madrid (Part 2).

The New Madrid Seismic Zone earned its reputation on the strength of three massive earthquakes that struck in the winter of 1811-1812. The region was very sparsely settled at the time, and became more sparsely settled immediately afterwards, as anyone with legs made it their life’s mission to get out of southern Missouri.

The articles are fascinating and entertaining in equal measure. No surprise there. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Maciej Cegłowski is the best writer on the web. Every so often I find myself revisiting Argentina On Two Steaks A Day or A Rocket To Nowhere just for the sheer pleasure of it.

I want to read more from Maciej, and there’s a way to make it happen. If we back him on Kickstarter, he’ll take a trip to the Antarctic and turn it into words:

Soliciting donations to take a 36-day voyage to the Ross Ice Shelf, Bay of Whales and subantarctic islands, and write it up real good.

Let’s make it happen. Let’s throw money at him like he’s a performing monkey. Dance, writer-boy, dance!

Have you published a response to this? :



Idle Words July 17, 2015 I had no idea that Maciej Cegłowski, operator of Pinboard, had a personal blog chocked full of great writing. Did you? How did I miss this? I’m only now aware of this due to Jeremy Keith’s writing about Maciej’s Kickstarter. He’s looking to travel to Antarctica and write about the experience. At first I thought… why can’t he fund himself? Then I saw it was a 36-day trip that is going where not too many people go. Most Antarctic tourism is limited to voyages along the Antarctic Penninsula lasting just a few days. Only about 350 tourists a year visit the Ross Sea, an area of immense historical and natural interest reachable only from New Zealand. Due to the great expense of the trip, I’m asking for a small donation from interested readers. Well OK then. gets wallet out Thanks for sharing Jeremy. #blogging #jeremy keith #maciej ceglowski #pinboard View all posts

# Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 8:17pm

Previously on this day

5 years ago I wrote Overcast and Huffduffer

Two great tastes that go great together.

5 years ago I wrote Cory Doctorow at dConstruct 2014

The wheel turns full circle.

7 years ago I wrote Brighton SF

I’m gathering together some sci-fi authors the evening before dConstruct.

11 years ago I wrote Sound and vision

Data visualisation killed the video star.

15 years ago I wrote Picture perfect

Tim Bray points to a great collection of photographs by Richard Friedman.