Diego Segura Magazine
Issue 003

“What if I wrote about mistresses for the magazine?” I thought at the beginning of this month. Surely, that would be a terrible idea—too controversial, too off-topic, too uncomfortable.

But that’s the sort of writing I like to read. I started writing with similar ideas—my first book was a collection of largely unpopular opinions about school. There’s no reason to hold back now. (Whether or not I’m right on everything is a separate issue.)

I started off researching the word mistress. I knew I’d find some interesting stories about mistresses of times past, and I happened upon a treasure trove of stories specifically about royal mistresses. These include some famous names and some lesser known, but each one of them was special. Soon enough, my original idea of the word mistress started to fall away.

The following magazine is about the true definition of a mistress.

01. The Mistress Misconception
02. Madame de Pompadour
03. The Origin of a Mistress
04. The Role of a Mistress
05. Mistress as Mindset
06. The Queen
07. Variations on a Mistress
08. Mistresses in Art
09. Sounds 003

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Diego Segura Magazine
Issue 002

Word to write this month didn’t come easy. As opposed to the first issue of this publication, I’ve only written one main article rather than a set of essays. It includes around 6,000 words of my own writing, as well as supplemental reading where it fits. This includes the preface and introduction to S.W. Erdnase’s The Expert at the Card Table, Loyd Blankenship’s The Hacker’s Manifesto, and The Story of Gyges from Plato’s Republic.

An explanation of what you’re about to read is hard to provide before you’ve read it. I tried to tie everything together by the end, but even that proved challenging. It might be too cryptic, but if nothing else I assure you that you’ll learn about some- thing you’ve never heard of.

01. Main Article
02. The Gambler’s Cop
03. Bottom Deal: Erdnase Method
04. Bottom Deal: Madison Method
05. The Hacker’s Manifesto
06. Preface & Introduction to EATCT
07. The Story of Gyges
08. Sounds 002
09. A Tribute to Lee McQueen

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On cardsharps, hackers, and the creation of myth

Diego Segura Magazine
Issue 001

For better or for worse, over my few years on this earth I’ve idolized really complicated, successful people.

I’m talking about the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Bobby Fischer, and Johnny Tapia. Champions who have endured tragedy. It’s because of them that I’ve hoped for a tragic story of my own, allowed myself to feel low when I’m not perfect at some- thing, and even caught myself wishing for insanity. Ronnie O’Sullivan—a snooker player who you’ll learn more about in this issue—throughout his life struggled with mental illness. I remember hearing that when Ronnie was growing up, he idolized Steve Davis, the best snooker player in his time, so much so that Ronnie emulated Steve’s mannerisms right down to the way Steve walked. When I heard that, I thought, that’s just it! I’ll emulate Ronnie’s cocky confidence and short temper.

Why do I react this way? Why do I love tragic stories? Is tragedy truly inextricable from greatness, or can I reach that level of success without steering my life in the wrong direction?

These questions are the inspiration behind the first issue of this magazine, an exploration and reflection on the lives of troubled geniuses.

01. Searching for Ronnie O’Sullivan
02. Bobby Fischer and the Struggle Against Error
03. La Vida Loca de Johnny Tapia
04. A Blueprint for Martyrdom
05. Sounds 001
06. The George Nelson Excuse

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