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J G Ballard's classic 1968 demolition of the media-friendly politician. What a world it must have been, when this was a novelty deserving of commentary.
writing  books  dystopia  americans  usa  politics  satire  deconstruction  zeitgeisty  literature 
7 days ago by gominokouhai
What football will look like in the future | SB Nation
Possibly the most dystopic future ever created. But I absolutely love the way this is told.
writing  futurism  sf 
9 weeks ago by gominokouhai
“Hardly the Center of the World”: Vancouver in William Gibson’s “The Winter Market” | Dr. Paul Delany, Simon Fraser University
What he's master of, really, is garbage, kipple, refuse, the sea of cast-off goods or century floats upon. Gomi no sensei. Master of junk.
literature  writing  books  WilliamGibson  sf  cyberpunk 
10 weeks ago by gominokouhai
'The Prisoner' Has Superbly Outlived Its Original Context | Pop Matters
"this heady concoction of existentialism, psychedelia, espionage, and British eccentricity"
tv  culture  writing  books  nerd  satire 
11 weeks ago by gominokouhai
University of Haifa Researchers Decipher One of the Last Two Remaining Unpublished Qumran Scrolls | אוניברסיטת חיפה
The Dead Sea Scrolls are still yielding secrets---and that's a lot of information they've got out of a handful of scraps. The bit about linguistic obfuscation as a marker of social status is particularly interesting.
words  woo  language  writing  narrative  history 
january 2018 by gominokouhai
Using myth: a focus on Katabasis | EACWP
"Writing prompt: write your own myth of katabasis". Waaaay ahead of you.
narrative  writing  theBenefitsOfAClassicalEducation  monomyth  wellness  woo 
january 2018 by gominokouhai
How dropping acid saved my life | Guardian
Interesting piece on microdosing LSD for depression, with added boomer rage.
psych  books  depression  mentalhealth  science  drugs  writing  wellness 
january 2017 by gominokouhai
A real Good Samaritan | BBC News
Quite sweet. Although I'm fairly sure that ASLEF used this as their go-to excuse for the following twenty years.
glurge  writing  society 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
I Wrote Drunk And Edited Sober For A Week, And Here’s What Happened To My Work | Bustle
Speaking of Rule #11. "Don’t do this unless you are a highly qualified functioning alcoholic".
booze  writing  blogging 
june 2016 by gominokouhai
wunami comments on "Write drunk; edit sober." - Ernest Hemingway | reddit
pajh's Rules for Life #11 is: "Write while you're still angry. Edit when you're sober. Publish when you're sure". Turns out I probably didn't invent it after all (but then, neither did Hemingway). I should probably be paying a little more attention to pajh's Rules for Life #5.
writing  lifehack 
june 2016 by gominokouhai
Terror Island — Strip #106
Among other things, this is basically a description of Shostakovich's entire career.
comic  silly  writing 
may 2016 by gominokouhai
Bob Dylan: How I found the man who shouted 'Judas' | Indy
Happy birthday rock music, born 17th May 1966. "The most famous heckle in history" was, naturally, a Mancunian law student who disapproved of change. No, that's not quite fair. Poor acoustic mapping MATTERS, people!
music  history  writing  #youareold  #getoffmylawn 
may 2016 by gominokouhai
Cipher: Seeking Wholeness
From the author of <a href="http://gominokouhai.dreamwidth.org/333501.html">yesterday</a>'s <a href="http://norasamaran.com/2016/02/11/the-opposite-of-rape-culture-is-nurturance-culture-2/">piece on attachment styles and nurturance</a>. This looks interesting.
race  racism  blog  writing  blogging  art  socialmedia 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
Call Me Captain | "Your generation would probably ‘livetweet’ the apocalypse..."
This is true, and wise, and beautiful, and it resonates strongly with me. If you're reading this far down, whomever and wherever you are, I love you. You are my tribe.
poetry  socialmedia  internet  I_would_have_got_away_with_it_too_if_it_weren't_for_you_meddling_millennials  #makeuthink  writing  history  feels 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
Invictus [William Ernest Henley] | Academy of American Poets
Oh, so <em>that's</em> where all of those phrases come from.
poetry  writing 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
Hast Thou Slain the Jabberwock? | North of Reality
The otherwise unexplained "-y" in the title explains everything. The poem is related to, or of, the Jabberwock; it is Jabberwockesque. The text itself is the eternal Jabberwock, unsnickersnackable: it will always be here, ready to come around again with jaws that bite and claws that catch at a new beamish boy, forever, whenever he opens the book.
natureoftruth  literature  silly  writing 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera - Charlie's Diary
In which Charlie is being crunchy again. Let's all give him a hand.
sf  writing  books  spaaace 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
'Quotations "within quotations": the Russian doll of punctuation' | The Guardian
Of course the thinspace between consecutive quotemarks should be nonbreaking whenever possible, but we can't expect the Graun to get everything right.
grammar  grauniad  writing  language 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
Goblinbooks: Secret of the Rapture ¦ Paul Bibeau
"I am contacting you in this way to announce something about that Rapture. It was real. And now it’s over."
books  writing  religion  usa  story 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
londonkds | Well, that wasn't nice to wake up to
I always thought that the accusations against Moffat were on the overblown side. He wasn't a shining beacon of feminism, but he genuinely adored his subject matter, despite being a bit clueless. Chibnall, on the other hand, seems to be a proper misogynist. Of course I didn't notice any of this myself. I just thought that he was an incredibly shit writer.
who  blog  news  writing  sexism  tv 
january 2016 by gominokouhai
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
sonder: n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own...
writing  words  language 
december 2015 by gominokouhai
A Box Full Of Ashes – The Trouble With Vampires | Notes From A Small Primate
In case that wasn't enough to convince you, here's an excerpt. Clever people discuss Houdini over macaroons, set against a background of asploding goths.
writing  coolstuff  books 
may 2015 by gominokouhai
A Box Full of Ashes – now available to buy at Amazon. | Notes From A Small Primate
Tired of vampires who sparkle and sigh dramatically about their inexplicable love for an animal further down the food chain? So is everyone else over the age of twelve. You need this in your life.
writing  coolstuff  books 
may 2015 by gominokouhai
Word Buzz Wednesday: ajockalypse | Wordnik
Hey, look, we helped create a neologism! A neologism that is also a portmanteau and will almost certainly be a malamanteau before very long.
language  news  politics  scotland  bloodytories  fuckwits  writing  incrediblyobscurereference 
may 2015 by gominokouhai
Sound Rhymes I Futility Closet
This is possibly the Englishest thing ever. Except that limericks should technically be Irish. /Except/ except that claiming credit for Irish literature is the /other/ Englishest thing ever, which makes this the most Englishest thing ever squared.
poetry  writing  silly  coolstuff 
may 2015 by gominokouhai
Warren Ellis Answers Your Questions About The Future | Gizmodo
At no point does he mention the bit where we all live in camps where we're forced to wear a tattoo of his glowering face on top of our own.
writing  futurism  scifi 
march 2015 by gominokouhai
Dear Mr Gove: Letter from a curious parent | Education | The Guardian
"Michael Rosen has some questions for the education secretary". I have some much simpler questions for the education bloody secretary.
writing  language  politics  bloodytories 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
Gamol-léac - Castiron [Archive of Our Own]
YES FOLKS there exists Beowulf / The Man Your Man Could Smell Like crossover fanfiction and YOU'RE WELCOME.
writing  silly  literature  theBenefitsOfAClassicalEducation 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived - The Oatmeal
Just in case you missed it the first time: Tesla == geek. Edison == CEO.
tech  history  science  writing  comic 
january 2014 by gominokouhai
Embed With Games | Embed With... London
Incredibly good writing, and it's good to see that @tef is amongst friends. (And guys. Next time you have a journalist this good to put up? I have three hotels in your woodsneck. Three. IM me or something.)
gaming  journalism  writing  tech 
january 2014 by gominokouhai
Jon Ronson | An email from a psychopath
Fascinating, terrifying, recognizable, and damn well written.
psychology  writing  mentalhealth 
january 2014 by gominokouhai
Sophie In North Korea
"It might not get weirder than this". Fascinating reading.
politics  writing 
january 2014 by gominokouhai
Hark, the empty highways calling
The Problem Of Susan, pretty much goddamn demolished.
literature  writing  feminism  sexism 
january 2014 by gominokouhai
The Period, Our Simplest Punctuation Mark, Has Become a Sign of Anger | New Republic
Oh Ghod this is getting ridiculous now. Apparently, while I wasn't looking, the full stop has become obsolete except as an indicator of passive-aggression. CONSTANT VIGILANCE
language  grammar  writing  internet 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath | Surprising Science
Whatever fucker wrote this article has (presumably) read at least one book about psychology and nonetheless can't stop irself conflating "psychopath" and "serial killer". Having said that, so does the featured neuroscientist in direct quotations. Perhaps he wasn't a particularly /good/ neuroscientist which is why he's had to turn his hand to writing pop-science books. Oh well. Quite interesting regardless.
psychology  science  journalism  writing 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet | The Atlantic
"[...]the `because-noun' form is limited only to the confines of your own imagination. It can be anything you want it to be". DESCRIPTIVIST PROPAGANDA RAAARH
language  grammar  writing  internet 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
Man Smoking E-Cigarette Must Be Futuristic Bounty Hunter | The Onion
As Laurie Penny once said: you know what's cooler than cancer? a ROBOT CIGARETTE.
comedy  writing  silly 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
A story about war | nanila
I squirted tart lemon in my eye. You didn't see me do it.
history  life  writing 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
The Slow Winter [PDF]
I have no idea what this is doing open in my tabs. I understand little of the tech involved, beyohnd the Moore's Law bit. But it is incredibly well written, in a style that I suspect I might adopt if I were on Sorkin-levels of cocaine.
silly  writing  tech 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
Grammar talk - the latest chapter | Michael Rosen
Hated him when I was at school, just because we were made to do him. As a grown-up I realise that Michael Rosen is slightly awesome. Here he speaks many truths. (I am still mostly a prescriptivist because I am a giant snob, but not, you know, all the time.)
grammar  language  politics  writing 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
Young Adult Literature with female characters | Peacock Feathers & Diamond Rings
All recommended for those requiring non-stereotypical role models. Contains Nancy Blackett obviously, as should all such lists.
sexism  equality  literature  writing 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
Mental Floss Exclusive: Our Interview with Bill Watterson! | Mental Floss
Really disappointed with this. Watterson is more reclusive than a dead autistic Trappist, and somebody finally creates a major journalistic coup by getting an interview with him, and then they hand the interview over to the seventeen-year-old intern who has never read Terry Pratchett's rules for interviews. Bad form, Mental Floss. Nonetheless Watterson gives it his best shot regardless.
interview  comic  art  writing 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
"Sorry to put this on you but I have an honest question about depression an suicide" | Matt Fraction
[Trigger warning should be obvious] This made me giggle like a twit. He's exactly right: the things that make a difference, and the things that sometimes make it all worth it, are exactly the things you would least expect to be significant. Except he puts it way more poetically. With more Van Morrison and pubic topiary, which incidentally is going to be the name of my next band.
writing  depression  mentalhealth  triggerwarning  wellness 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
7 Reasons Why Brian Blessed is the Best Human | Vada Magazine
Not listed: Brian blessed vs. lost drivers; Brian Blessed vs. the people who have to edit episodes of Have I Got News For You
silly  writing  acting  coolstuff 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
littera_abactor: I Has a Sweet Potato
For those of you wondering: yes, this is what it's like to have a dog.
silly  writing  blog 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
Sluts, Slags and Pantaloni | The Inky Fool
A bit late to the party on this one, but what the hell. The Inky Fool utterly demolishes Godfrey Bloom MEP... with etymology.
politics  writing  bloodytories  language  fuckwits 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
128. Bill Watterson: A cartoonist’s advice | Zen Pencils
Well put, well drawn, basically Watterson is right about all things and it's good to see that everyone already agrees with me on this. Very touching.
art  writing  image 
august 2013 by gominokouhai
Church of England 'an enormous waste of everyone's time' | The Daily Mash
Yes it's a parody, or a satire, or something. That doesn't mean that it's not 100% true and more incisive than anything you're likely to pay money to read this week.
religion  atheism  news  writing  satire 
july 2013 by gominokouhai
"On this site on August 15, 1968...
...authors JACK KEROUAC and WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS came to blows over a disagreement regarding the Oxford comma". They don't make 'em like they used to.
history  literature  writing  grammar 
july 2013 by gominokouhai
The ending forced me to sit quietly and think for a bit. Then I had to go outside and look at the sky and the trees and stand quietly for a bit. An important piece of art. Also utterly insane in the membrane, what-is-this-I-don't-even, batshit crazy worldbuilding.
gaming  art  writing  game 
july 2013 by gominokouhai
Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher: 'I always felt sorry for her children'
Wow. A deep, insightful, sensitive article on Thatcher. Written by Russell Brand of all people. Turns out he's only been pretending to be an utter twat his entire life, which makes him a better actor than I thought.
politics  writing  bloodytories 
april 2013 by gominokouhai
The question of Susan | The Slacktiverse
In which there are the ramblings of a deeply troubled Lewis apologist juxtaposed with the serious, common-sense criticisms we've all felt since we were twelve.
religion  literature  writing 
april 2013 by gominokouhai
And What Should I Do In Illyria? | Procrastination Central
Yes it's Blakes 7 slashfic. Come back! It's Blakes 7 slashfic set on the privateer galleon Liberator in the year of our Lord 1569. All Tudor mercantile tradition has been thoroughly researched, and I can testify as to its accuracy. Still not convinced about the bit where [SPOLIERS!] Blake and Avon kiss, though.
sailing  scifi  writing  godhelpme  fanfic 
march 2013 by gominokouhai
15 Colorful Entries From Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words
Note in partick'lar item #15. Internet is just now catching up with my status as thirteen-year-old fount of all trivia on the school bus.
words  writing 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
This is everyone else writing Javascript
I can't speak for the book, but this is possibly the best analogy ever made. Some beautiful camerawork in the second piece too.
writing  code  tech  photography  video 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
Lost for words
"Words are precious. Cherish them."
writing  blogging  disability 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
In Which the Chiaroscuro Groweth Ever Blacker (Which Hath Been Based Upon The First Two Chapters of The Sequel)
Oh dear Nyarlathotep, somebody wrote a sequel and it's BETTER THAN MINE. It rhymes and everything.
writing  satire 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
God: Republican or Democrat? | The Pain - when will it end?
Eugene Debs’s famous declaration, "As long as there's a lower class I am in it. As long as there is a criminal element, I am of it. As long as there is a soul in prison, I am not free".
handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  writing  quotation  comic 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
Book Translates American Minutiae for Russians - NYTimes.com
Interesting to note how culturally different the two sides still are. I don't understand either of them.
culture  writing  society 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
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