Unexpectedly … hip?

A note from Orion editor Jennifer Sahn:

Earlier this week, I received a message from Scott Walker, Orion‘s indomitable marketing director, reporting that a remarkable stream of traffic to our website was coming from www.radiohead.com/deadairspace. And sure enough, there it is, a link to Orion in the left-hand column of the website created by members of one of the most innovative and influential pop bands of our musical era.

Radiohead, of course, has been in the news a great deal lately for making a download of their new album, In Rainbows, available through their own website and allowing fans to choose what they wanted to pay for it, in the process skipping the middle-folk, the record company, entirely. NOTE: though it once was available here, the album was released 1/1/08 and became unavailable by download.

And so the big news here at Orion, then, is that the band, or someone in the band, reads our little mag. Flattering, indeed. Perhaps even more flattering than the time we got a change-of-address card from Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, as he was being transferred from one prison to another. He wanted to make sure his copies of Orion followed him. We always knew that Orion‘s readership, while rather humble in size, contained some fairly influential people.

— Jen