I write this in a state of overwhelming terror. Terror that - despite its all-pervading nature - I have managed to utterly repress beneath a belief that I'm bimbling along cheerfully. An acquaintance introduced me to the Cube test; a narrative personality test that supposedly reveals hidden traits and perspectives by interpreting the items visualised … Continue reading Collapsing an N-Dimensional Cube
The continued existence of lawyers, speech-writers, poets, and sundry other professions confirms that how you say something can be as powerful as what you say. However, this talk provides evidence and a way to apply the technique without spending years in study and practice; and does so in an (appropriately enough) accessible and engaging fashion. … Continue reading Why Would You Care What I Say?
Genre collapses if viewed too closely: urban fantasy has computers, smart-phones, and such, so contains both the science-fiction of a past generation and the seeds of the hard science-fiction of the present; action films have a handsome hero overcoming obstacles before getting the girl at the end, so are romance. Genre boundaries don’t exist.
And this article from Misha Burnett shows we should perhaps be grateful they don’t.
I had an epiphany today.
I have always mistrusted the concept of genre. It has seemed to me to be both a hobble and a crutch. By which I mean that by accepting a specific genre designation an author restricted her or his writing to an abbreviated range, while at the same time adjuring readers to carry the story past certain difficulties by imposing on an unearned suspension of disbelief.
This did not seem to be a good bargain to me–from either side.
Today it occurred to me that this unnatural division of stories into either this thing or that thing but never both at once mirrors the description that G K Chesterton gives of post-Christian philosophies in his book Orthodoxy.
Chesterton says it much more eloquently that I am about to (which is why I supplied you with the link) but in essence his thesis is that Christianity…
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The tendency to leap to the worst conclusions revealed in this talk almost made me abandon Twitter altogether: If the lede reads like verbose click-bait, that is because it is; despite my hope it wouldn't. I attempted to create a tweet that both expresses my thoughts and had space for a link to the video; … Continue reading First Is All That Matters?
Going through an old folder I found this interesting talk by Jonathan Drori on perniciousness of established belief: Depending on whether you score on matching answers or theoretical correctness, I scored between two and four out of four. I came up with two answers to the bulb question, neither of which match his approach, but … Continue reading Irony Lurks Under Every Bush