Dillon Picks February 2024

This month’s Imperial elect of Medium are honoured, in accordance with the prophecy

Simon Dillon

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The Dillon Empire (now bigger for extra intimidation) separates Medium wheat from chaff. Photo by author.

As it is written by Sarah the Seer, Knight of the Dillon Empire (with apologies to Saint Matthew the Apostle):

“You will hear of remakes and rumours of remakes, but see to it that you are not troubled. Such things must happen, but the great and terrible Day of the Dillon is still to come. Hustle bro will rise against hustle bro and vacuous trend-chaser against vacuous trend-chaser. There will be ill-informed advice from those with no experience or credentials whatsoever, as well as Celine Dion songs in various places. All of these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will handed over to the earnings braggers and AI-worshippers, and you will be scoffed at by SEO optimisers. At that time, many will turn away from honest personal writing, pursuing sweeping statement clickbait and tech-fawning. The professionally offended will appear and deceive many. Because of the increase in we’re-all-doomed apocalypse porn and blanket tirades against entire people groups, the desire to write among most will grow cold. But the one who stands firm to the end will be honoured in Dillon Picks.”

Today, the prophecy is fulfilled within this article (and other instalments of Dillon Picks, past and future). Those honoured herein should feel a smidgen of smugness, for I do not select the ten articles that follow lightly. However, inclusion this month means you won’t be eligible for another three months, in the interests of varied selection. Exceptions are made for Knights of the Dillon Empire and fellow Fanfare editors Sir Eric Pierce, Sir Paul Combs, and the aforementioned Sir Sarah Paris (also known as Sarah the Seer). Why is such an exception made? Because they are exceptional.

With that arrogant, pompous, probably sacrilegious introduction out of the way, here are this month’s ten articles, presented in no particular order of merit. In the First Age of Dillon Picks (think The Silmarillion), Patrick Metzger often began our revels, so let’s start with him, as he expounds on the hair-clutching frustration of call centres.

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Simon Dillon

Novelist and Short Story-ist. Film and Book Lover. If you cut me, I bleed celluloid and paper pulp. Blog: www.simondillonbooks.wordpress.com