Essays

Reversing Jacob Marley’s Polarity

Tim O’Brien is a Vietnam vet famous for the novel Going After Cacciato and The Things They Carried, his anthology of short stories about his time there. The idea he expresses in that title,  your experiences being the things you sling around you, isn’t new (Jacob Marley says hello. Or perhaps ‘HELLOOOOOOOO!’) but I find the utility of …

Reversing Jacob Marley’s Polarity

Command Chair Conjuring

As Christopher Priest (This one not this one but both do good work) pointed out, a magic trick has three elements to it: The Pledge-The magician shows you something ordinary or familiar. The Turn-The magician makes the ordinary extraordinary. The Prestige-The actual magic trick. A bunny where there could be no bunny. Last week’s episode of Discovery was built this …

Command Chair Conjuring

John Luther, First Copper On Mars

I’ve been thinking a lot about narrative expectation recently. Pretty much every job I have I can get better at by watching, reading, listening to and playing things. So I do a lot of that, often at the same time. This week, as is often the case, that threw up some interesting comparisons. Luther is Neil …

John Luther, First Copper On Mars

A Note On Fat Shaming and Social Media

  There’s a hashtag trending at the moment which is the laziest, lowest hanging fruit fat joke you can imagine about the current US President. I mean they all are, no hashtag jokes are good, no mocking nickname in the history of mocking nicknames has been half as funny as the emotionally stunted 15 year …

A Note On Fat Shaming and Social Media

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