That newsletter is significant for many reasons.
I tracked it down when I was a university student. 60 Minutes tried, and couldn’t, but I managed to get it after speaking with the editor Joseph de Courcy, and I bet most of you have no idea about him or his family’s amazing history. I had the honour of talking to him, and in all that rotten business during the Civil War in Yugoslavia, that conversation was a welcome high point that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
I still have that newsletter. I learned there were publications — small quiet ones, with a tiny, but critical audience, that brokered in real information. As in, stuff spies, diplomats, and other powerful and intrepid people read.
That was one of the countless sources that I used in my last book. A source used by the likes of the CIA and MI6.
And I could track it down before veteran reporters. It wasn’t a lucky break or a case of beginner’s luck.
When this venture relaunches, I am saying right now for the record, this is not going to be fake news or propaganda for sheeple.
It will be simple and elegant and balance opposites: it will have the latent flourishes of Art Nouveau, but with a Minimalist sensibility.
This isn’t going to be telling you about good news or happy news.
It will give you facts. Turn those cards around to navigate through the world. Take something bad and, like the alchemist, turn it into something golden.
Chaser will be a picture book of sorts, but not the Devil’s Picture Book. You will get your reading of the cards, but divination here is not divine. It is reality. It is truth.