At the Mountains of Sadness

At the Mountains of Sadness is a newsletter that intertwines humor with commentary on video games, movies, and politics, while exploring themes of sadness, societal disillusionment, and the creative challenges in the age of AI. It offers a blend of personal achievements, industry insights, and a unique take on everyday phenomena.

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The hottest Substack posts of At the Mountains of Sadness

And their main takeaways
589 implied HN points β€’ 06 Jul 23
  1. Rich and famous individuals can become detached from reality when surrounded by constant affirmation and lack of criticism.
  2. Being shielded from 'no' can lead to a warped sense of truth and morality for wealthy and powerful people.
  3. Continuous validation can drive some prominent figures towards extremism and an inability to handle dissenting opinions.
412 implied HN points β€’ 30 Jun 23
  1. Mike Drucker sold a book of comedy essays about video games called Good Game No Rematch.
  2. The book does not have a release date or pre-orders yet, but Mike is excited to create something funny.
  3. Mike expressed gratitude to his readers and subscribers for their support.
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157 implied HN points β€’ 10 Jul 23
  1. The quote humorously suggests the speaker's father is very condescending.
  2. The post features a playful but somewhat dark sense of humor.
  3. The content revolves around sharing a funny yet somber quote by Jack Whitehall.
176 implied HN points β€’ 30 May 23
  1. The writer shares two new video game columns about The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
  2. The first column discusses how Amiibos become somewhat useful in the game.
  3. The second column focuses on a character named Addison, who is disliked in the game.
176 implied HN points β€’ 08 May 23
  1. The quote reflects a sense of disillusionment and sadness in adult life.
  2. It highlights the themes of societal expectations and personal struggles.
  3. The imagery of trying to cover emotional pain is vivid in the quote.
137 implied HN points β€’ 05 May 23
  1. The quote reflects a sense of emptiness and lack of purpose in the narrator's life.
  2. The narrator's confessions signify a feeling of having nothing significant to share.
  3. The quote portrays a somber and introspective mood through the words of Fernando Pessoa.
2 HN points β€’ 02 May 23
  1. The Writers Guild of America is on strike due to issues like shorter seasons leading to less pay for writers.
  2. Streaming platforms are cutting pay by changing weekly rates to day rates and withholding specific viewership numbers for residuals.
  3. Writers are advocating against the use of A.I. in the creative process and are asking for fair treatment and to stop cutting corners in entertainment industry.