Fish: a tap essay 12+

Robin Sloan

Designed for iPad

    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings
    • Free



This is a short but heartfelt manifesto about the difference between liking something on the internet and loving something on the internet.

It's also an experiment in a new format: a "tap essay," presenting its argument tap by tap, using typography, color, and a few surprises to make its case.

The essay takes about ten minutes to read, maybe less if you're fast. It's perfect for a coffee break or a train ride.

What’s New

Version 2.0

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Fish was originally released in 2012. This is a new edition, recovered and remastered, for 2018 and beyond.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Dante Modaffari ,

Reading is rereading

This is so good, it could almost be called a new art form. Robin Sloan has taken the medium--a medium with which we are both plagued by and enamored with--and transformed it into a calling for a higher reality: to love is to return. We are inundated with trash, with ads, with godlike movies and books and articles and this is not the end, but the beginning. We will only be swamped with more and more media, more and more things begging is to buy, listen, watch. It's the choices that choke us. This app lifts you out of that, places you I'm a better place, and not only helps you learn, but helps you learn to learn. To love and redefine love. To look in your heart and find what you really return to. What is it? It isn't the next thing. It isn't everything. As Nabokov once said: "Reading is rereading." We are only going to really love something when we shut out that endless flow, look within. This is an app that not only reinforced what I thought, but redefined what it is that's driving us. The message is clear: when you're free to do everything, it's hard to choose anything.


I reread this every year

At least once a year sonething reminds me of this. I think I have had a copy on my phone since it was first released in 2012 and I’m so glad it got updated to fit newer ios versions. I highly recommend this as a short but deeply thought-out piece to consider what we do with our time and attention in the high speed “internet age.”

Father Luke Miljevich ,

Good words, like good food take time…

While I might be biased, it would seem no one reads for content anymore. Instead, articles are scanned for confirmation of opinions.

This essay takes a bit of work to enjoy. Challenge yourself; take a moment to enjoy pure communication.

Much thanks to the author, Robin Sloan.

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