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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

Short Treks

Happy Captain Space Dad Day!  This hasn’t been widely advertised, at all, but Netflix finally have the Short Treks thats have been released monthly in the US. They’re under Trailers on the Netflix page for Star Trek: Discovery and are four 15 minute or so mini episodes focusing on individual characters. They’re also wildly different, very weird, deeply moving …

Short Treks

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