The Terminal is a newsletter covering the unusual, marginal and esoteric in the world of business, tech, politics and culture — and especially the nebulous region where all four meet.

It’s written by me, James Hennessy. I’m a contributing editor at Business Insider Australia, and deputy editor of PEDESTRIAN.TV. My writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Outline, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, the ABC, SBS and more.

Why subscribe?

I want to understand our current moment. It’s undeniably strange, but it’s also beholden to many of the same structures and forces which have defined society since time immemorial. The technology might have changed, but the story hasn’t. That’s what The Terminal is about.

I write both free and paid newsletters. On the free tier, you will receive one weekly digest of things I’ve been reading and thinking about, plus the occasional free post. For $7 a month or $70 a year, you get access to new subscriber-only posts and the archive.

These will contain:

  • Commentary. If you like the esoterica beat, there’s never been a better time than now.

  • Reporting. I want to break interesting stories at the fringes.

  • Interviews. I want to speak to smart, informative people about the topics I find interesting.

  • Community. The best Substack newsletters I subscribe to almost justify their price on the community they build around them alone. I want to be responsive to the sorts of things you want to read, and to create a space where interesting people can come together and talk about them.

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