Simple Magic is a weekly newsletter about skateboarding, the internet, and other means of escape. It’s written by me, Cole Nowicki, and comes out every Friday. There are longer-form pieces that come out every month, too. Usually on a Wednesday, but sometimes on Monday, so who knows, really?

Who? (In the third person)

Cole Nowicki is a writer, producer, publisher, and generally well-mannered person. He was a columnist for King Skateboard Magazine, lead writer and researcher for the skateboarding documentary series Post Radical, and he wrote a book about the history and cultural impact of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater called Right, Down + Circle (ECW Press, 2023). His work has appeared in The Walrus, Quartersnacks, VICE, and more.


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Email: colenowicki [at]
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Sparrow logo by Allan Khorsheed. Newsletter name inspired by this totally real book title from Hiller Goodspeed.