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Her Left Hand, The Darkness | Alison Smith | Granta Magazine
"In The Wave in the Mind, one of Le Guin’s many collections of essays, she wrote, ‘All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don’t, our lives get made up for us by other people.’ When I met Le Guin, I was in outer space, hovering in that darkness. Cast out from my homeworld, I spent my days orbiting a new world, afraid to land." This is great.
literature  writing  ursulaleguin  life 
yesterday by infovore
2018 in review
I think last year I mentioned enjoying Justin's year roundup; the same holds true this year.
friends  writing  endofyear  2018  justinpickard 
3 days ago by infovore
Everyone Should Have a Gross Recipe | TASTE
First and foremost, a Gross Recipe is an expression of you: of the uniquely briny, spicy, bland, mushy, crunchy things at the core of you, in concentrations that the average person would find actively off-putting. In cooking for others, we are always making compromises—in favor of decorum, preference, presentation, and hard-coded culinary norms that dictate what goes with what and in what quantity. A Gross Recipe throws all of that out of the window; it is one of few chances that any of us get—in a kitchen or elsewhere—to be who we truly are.
cooking  recipes  food  writing 
13 days ago by infovore
Dad And The Egg Controller - a post on Tom Francis' blog
"Silly as it sounds, not being able to figure this out made dad feel more distant. I had thought of us as like minds, and it made the loss easier to accept. His brain wasn’t entirely gone, I still have a partial version of it in my own head. But either this gadget did nothing intelligent at all, which couldn’t be true, or he and I thought so differently that even with unlimited tries, I couldn’t deduce how his interface was ever supposed to work. It was an upsetting thought."

Tom Francis on time, memory, PIDs and parental inventions.
cooking  engineering  hardware  memory  writing  tomfrancis 
22 days ago by infovore
A Business With No End - The New York Times
Cor, this is great stuff from Jenny Odell: a tangly web of dropshipping, fraud, media, and "Bible universities". Great writing, and very hypertexty.
dropshipping  amazon  jennyodell  writing  business 
7 weeks ago by infovore
How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music | Pitchfork
Cracking cultural analysis of technology from Phillip Sherburne - a huge dive into the nitty-gritty of autotune and its impact across music and around the world. Deep and nuanced.
music  technology  writing  criticism  phillipsherburne  sts 
october 2018 by infovore
Steven Sinofsky ॐ on Twitter: "1/ “Writing is thinking” is my favorite saying in “how to work” in a company. It is very interesting to dive into this a bit because I often get so much pushback, especially from startups and/or those focused on ag
Yeah, that. See also 'drawing is thinking' - drawing exposes the paragraphs I left out of paragraphs I wrote. I've been writing documentation recently and boy, that properly forces you to think about how to describe the thing you're doing.
writing  management  culture  business 
april 2018 by infovore
Favorite game designs from 2017 – Raph's Website
A good list of design notes from Raph and a few things to get around to playing.
games  design  raphkoster  writing  list  2017 
march 2018 by infovore
How to Pay Attention
"This course is an advanced seminar in the anthropology of attention. What makes the
anthropology of attention different from other ways of studying attention (e.g.
psychology) is that we study it as a social and cultural phenomenon: attention is not just a matter of individual minds selecting objects from environments. Rather, attention is collectively organized and valued. We learn how to pay attention and what to pay
attention to from other people; other people make technological and media systems to
intentionally organize collective attention. We learn to value certain kinds of attention
(e.g. intense focus on work, mindfulness, or multi-tasking) and to criticize others (e.g.
absent-mindedness, distraction, intense focus on entertainment) in cultural contexts. So, while we will be experimenting with our own attentions throughout this course, we will remember that our attentions are not really our own. No one pays attention alone." This paper sounds brilliant.
anthropology  attention  thought  thinking  writing  study 
february 2018 by infovore
The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed - The Atlantic
New retail, dropshipping, and the supply cloud. This is good. Well, it's not, but the article is good.
marketing  writing  alexismadrigal  capitalism 
january 2018 by infovore
@20 (
Paul Ford's website is 20. I have always liked it.
paulford  writing  internet 
october 2017 by infovore
This little light: On fathers, sons and that little lamp in the Pixar logo -
"When I was about a year old or so, my father took me into his office for the day. My father was a computer scientist, and he worked for a weird little startup that didn’t make any money. I remember going in there as a kid and thinking the people dressed strange.
At some point during that day, my dad played with me with a tennis ball. John Lasseter, an artist who worked with him, watched us, and suddenly the short film he had been trying to figure out was right in front of him. Using my actions, proportions and personality as a model for his main character, Lasseter created the short film “Luxo Jr.”" Via Jason Kottke; this is a touching story. I always love watching this film.
luxojr  pixar  fatherhood  life  writing 
october 2017 by infovore
The language of the cockpit is technical, obscure – and irresistibly romantic | Aeon Essays
"I like how different the language of the sky is from everyday English – indeed, we might give it its own name, Aeroese (though it’s also sometimes, and less aspirationally, called Aviation English). Above all, I love how Aeroese can somehow manage, in its technical, obscuring precision, to capture the high romance of flight – an aspect of my job, no matter how much I love it, that in the cockpit we rarely have reason to consider directly." This is a lovely piece of writing.
travel  writing  flight  domainlanguages  aircraft 
august 2017 by infovore
Ursula K. Le Guin: A Rant About "Technology"
"One way to illustrate that most technologies are, in fact, pretty "hi," is to ask yourself of any manmade object, Do I know how to make one?

Anybody who ever lighted a fire without matches has probably gained some proper respect for "low" or "primitive" or "simple" technologies; anybody who ever lighted a fire with matches should have the wits to respect that notable hi-tech invention." Ursula le Guin with strong truth about technology and science fiction.
sf  writing  ursulaleguin  science  anthropology 
august 2017 by infovore
Woodnotes: Laura Cannell’s monthly journal on music, wild animals and other adventures. - Caught by the River
Utterly lovely writing about music - and playing in Holy Trinity, Blythburgh - from Laura Cannell.
lauracannell  music  writing 
july 2017 by infovore
Is the Printed Circuit Board a Form of Musical Notation? | NewMusicBox
"In time I wasn’t plugging in my newly arrived modules so quickly. I was spending more time looking at them, admiring their structures, noting aspects unique to various individual companies. Some modules have lovely design flourishes, bits of fantastic line art right there on the circuit board, so enticing it threatens to give “cyberpunk” a good name all over again. Others have funny little phrases, puns on functionality, like where the power supply goes, or little axioms that both gently mock and encourage the beholder—Barbara Kruger by way of circuitry. This is what I now first look for when I unpack a new module." Really nice Marc Weidenbaum piece on the aesthetics and semantics of circuit-board design.
pcbs  electronics  music  marcweidenbaum  writing  circuitboard 
june 2017 by infovore
What Animals Taught Me About Being Human - The New York Times
"You cannot know what it is like to be a bat by screwing your eyes tight, imagining membranous wings, finding your way through darkness by talking to it in tones that reply to you with the shape of the world. As the philosopher Thomas Nagel explained, the only way to know what it is like to be a bat is to be a bat. But the imagining? The attempt? That is a good and important thing. It forces you to think about what you don’t know about the creature: what it eats, where it lives, how it communicates with others. The effort generates questions not just about how being a bat is different but about how different the world might be for a bat." Animals as the emphatically non-human; as with all Macdonald's writing, great stuff.
helenmacdonald  empathy  animals  creatures  other  writing  otherness 
may 2017 by infovore
In The Shadow of the Holodeck – Charles J Pratt – Medium
This is really good. I had some beginning-threads of thought at the time of the Bogost article that I just couldn't frame, and in the meantime, CJP has run with similar threads, a good dose of history, and come to some sharp conclusions, and basically reminded me what I actually think. So I'm just going to point at this to say "yes, I think this, and this is better expressed than I could ever have put it". Strong stuff.
games  narrative  charlesjpratt  ianbogost  writing  story  plot  interaction  design 
may 2017 by infovore
Modern JavaScript for Ancient Web Developers
I still only like Node for Certain Shapes Of Problem, but I liked Gina's list of resources a lot. Filed away.
javascript  nodejs  writing 
march 2017 by infovore
George Saunders: what writers really do when they write | Books | The Guardian
George Saunders on writing, and the creative process. Brilliant, both as I'd expected, and in ways I hadn't.
georgesaunders  writing  fiction  creativity 
march 2017 by infovore
A Life Lived Through Mahjong
Lovely article about Mahjong and its role within one family, and one man's life. Really good games writing. (Also, god, I miss playing Mahjong. I never got quite good enough, and still really want a set... and the the friends necessary to go with it).
games  writing  mahjong 
january 2017 by infovore
And Turns 20 Years Old
"I try to write at every day, and plan to continue to. I often quiet down toward the end of the year, making plans for the one to come. Another year lies ahead, a year of more daily recommendations of online listening, of interviews with musicians, coders, and artists (three categories that exist in combination far more than they did in 1996), and field notes. If you’ve read this far — by which I mean this article, not for two decades — I just want to say thanks. It’s a central pleasure of my life." I too have greatly enjoyed discovering Marc's writing - and the Junto. I might really have to do something about the absence of writing in my life again.
blogging  music  marcweidenbaum  writing 
december 2016 by infovore
How I Wrote Arrival (and What I Learned Doing It) - The Talkhouse
Eric Heisserer shares some notes on the adaptation of Story of Your Life into Arrival. Some good notes on adaptation (and: a clarification of why it was such a successful one) in here.
cinema  film  writing  process  ericheisserer  tedchiang  arrival  storyofyourlife 
november 2016 by infovore
A professional book critic in praise of Amazon reader reviews.
"I’m especially intrigued by reader reviews written by people unfamiliar with the vocabulary of literary criticism. They aim to describe experiences that most of us recognize but that can be hard to articulate, and they have to make up the language for it as they go along." This is a great article on the various assets of reader-reviews, and where they set on the spectrum of criticism.
books  writing  reviews  criticism  literature  internet 
november 2016 by infovore
Diving into Berghain
"Often, on a Friday or Saturday night in the cottage on the tiny Orkney island where I lived alone for two winters, I wanted to be on a crowded dance floor in small clothes with sweat running down my back. I felt like an old woman before my time, beside the fire with a blanket over my knees, and missed the throb of the city and of nightlife. Lately, I’ve learned the German word “Fernweh” (literally, “distance pain”) which describes the feeling of wanting to be somewhere else, like a reverse homesickness (“Heimweh”), a longing for a place that isn’t where you are. I was struck by the word because I know how it is to be uneasy and never quite at home." Amy Liptrot, in Berghain.
amyliptrot  writing  sobriety  perception  berghain  berlin  dance  music 
october 2016 by infovore
The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin - The New Yorker
"...she asked me, cautiously, “Wouldn’t you say that anybody who thought as much about balance as I do in my work probably felt some threat to their balance?” After a long pause, she added, “Of course all adolescents are out of balance, and very aware of it. To become adult can certainly feel like walking a high wire, can’t it? If my foot slips, I’m gone. I’m dead.”" Wonderful profile and interview with/of UKLG.
ursulaleguin  interview  writing  sf  fantasy  profile 
october 2016 by infovore
Notes on No Man’s Sky | Brendan Keogh
This chimed with me, and I enjoyed it - it nails much of why I enjoy the game, why I haven't really enjoyed other survival/crafting games, and I particularly nodded along with its more nuanced take on NMS as a post-colonial artefact.
design  games  nomanssky  writing  brendankeogh 
august 2016 by infovore
Generating naming languages
Lovely, detailed explanation of generating artificial names that sound like they come from the same (nonexistant) language. Fun.
language  linguistics  generative  writing 
july 2016 by infovore
from empty space to stanage edge | the m john harrison blog
"Landscape in fiction is never just background, or you’re wasting your opportunities. Let the landscape do as much of the work of informing the reader of your intentions as possible. Entangle your ideas & meanings with the setting. Fold them into one another."
writing  mjohnharrison  landscape 
july 2016 by infovore
rotational » The Mechanic - Alex Wiltshire
Alex's column on game mechanics is one of my favourite new RPS features - they're all cracking, and a good example of understanding games by going to the source, rather than guessing - and also highlighting the fact that games are made by *people*, not just conjured out of thin air. Really good stuff.
writing  criticism  design  games  mechanics  alexwiltshire 
july 2016 by infovore
Frank Cottrell Boyce: what's the point of culture in Brexit Britain? | Music | The Guardian
"Innovation doesn’t come from the profit motive.

Innovation comes from those who are happy to embark on a course of action without quite knowing where it will lead, without doing a feasibility study, without fear of failure or too much hope of reward. The engine of innovation is reckless generosity"

I couldn't quite pick a single line to quote, but I think I'll choose this. I've been listening to a lot of FCB this weekend, and it's all rung true for me. But especially: the value of serendipity on culture, of one thing informing another months or years later, of the value of pleasure and the imagination to all walks of life. So much here.
culture  art  reading  writing  frankcottrellboyce  essay  lecture 
july 2016 by infovore
The Very Quiet Foreign Girls poetry group | Kate Clanchy | Society | The Guardian
Long, and beautiful, and the kind of education I will fight and fight and fight for.
poetry  culture  writing  education 
july 2016 by infovore
Why I Write | Frieze
"I came back to writing as a way of thinking and of thinking through, of occupying the space between things, and opening them up again."

Writing is thinking is writing.
writing  thinking  jamesbridle  reading  art 
july 2016 by infovore
inkle/inky: An editor for ink: inkle's narrative scripting language
Text editor / IDE for ink; really straightforward, and looks lovely.
inkle  ink  interactivefiction  if  games  writing  prose 
june 2016 by infovore
The Bookworm presents... TBW#02 – Stefan Goldmann – Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound
How have I only just heard of this? A topic I've thought about a lot before. Must get around to this at some point.
presets  synthesizers  music  electronic  books  writing 
june 2016 by infovore
Frog and Toad and the Self: How Arnold Lobel's Books Taught Millennials to Cherish Their Individuality - The Atlantic
I loved all of these, but more than anything else, I loved Owl at Home. It's years since I've read "Tear-water Tea", but I can still remember Owl's list of sad things, and they still make me sad. But they were good books about being a person, and sometimes being quiet, and it all being OK.
frogandtoad  owl  arnoldlobel  books  children  writing 
may 2016 by infovore
England In The 90s reminds us cricket used to be front-page news | Barney Ronay | Sport | The Guardian
"The bowlers are a joy too, players with home-made, defiantly un-homogenised actions, all oddly-angled run-ups and sweeps of the arm. Devon Malcolm ran in like a heavy goods vehicle triumphantly veering off a mountain pass. Allan Mullally’s run-up didn’t seem to be anything to do with sport at all, resembling instead a man running along the beach or about to catch a Frisbee." Delightful cricket writing.
sport  cricket  writing 
may 2016 by infovore
Nicholas Fisk obituary | Books | The Guardian
A favourite to borrow from the library as a child. And: what a life. I did not know he played guitar.
nicholasfisk  obituary  books  writing 
may 2016 by infovore
Adventures in Narrated Reality — Medium
Ross Goodwin on algorithmic prose, machines to make writing, neural networks, and more. Suddenly feel very inadequate; a reminder of what staring at a topic for a long while looks like.
neuralnetworks  prosegeneration  poetry  writing  art  rossgoodwin 
march 2016 by infovore
Giles is both good at writing and good at blogging. This was good reading after a set of long-distant train journeys for work this week.
trains  windows  seeing  writing  blogs  gilesturnbull  gilest 
march 2016 by infovore
Love Stories for High-XP Characters | Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling
"There are so many good stories to tell about relationships with some history. The stakes are higher than the stakes of a first crush; there’s all that context to add meaning to the interactions. The characters are invested in each other. And relationships between older people typically have involve juggling other responsibilities and commitments — jobs, children from previous relationships." Excellent stuff from Emily Short on all the *other* shapes of relationships you can show. (It made make think of two very different films I've seen recently that showed deep, adult, *sibling* relationships, for starters).
emilyshort  if  games  writing  interaction  romance  relationships 
march 2016 by infovore
We're in this crazy situation called life
George Saunders on 'story'; watching this, and hearing him talk, I begin to see more about his writing emerges. It's still a mystery, but it feels like a tiny bit more of a known mystery.
writing  georgesaunders  story  process  kindness 
january 2016 by infovore
How the Ballpoint Pen Changed Handwriting - The Atlantic
"Perhaps “saving handwriting” is less a matter of invoking blind nostalgia and more a process of examining the historical use of ordinary technologies as a way to understand contemporary ones." Fascinating and thoughtful article about the relationship of tools (the fountain pen), materials (ink), and skills (cursive script).
writing  script  handwriting  pens 
november 2015 by infovore
Translating Gender: Ancillary Justice in Five Languages Alex Dally MacFarlane | Interfictions Online
Fascinating article capturing how various translators worked around their languages to translate not only the absence of gendered language _suggested_ in Ancillary Justice, but also the author's deliberate use of the feminine as a generic case. (Also, how to translate things for different cultures - what they expect and what they intimate).
annleckie  writing  gender  language  translation 
november 2015 by infovore
Rod McLaren — Hand & Brain — Medium
"The characteristic grid-like simplicity of the view, the absence of barriers… a landscape where nothing officially exists, absolutely anything becomes thinkable, and may consequently happen… — that’s Reyner Banham describing deserts, though I like to imagine he was looking at a spreadsheet." Rod's component of By Hand & By Brain is just wonderful.
rodmclaren  writing  craft  spreadsheets  making  imagining  mirrorworlds 
july 2015 by infovore
Telling a Digital Story with J.G. Ballard - HER STORY
I've loved playing Her Story, and if you had any doubt that some of its success were more down to coincidence than writing - well, Sam Barlow's blog will prove you wrong. This, on Ballard's use of fragments, and that as a motif for storytelling is cracking. (And: lots of the readings of Her Story are coming about not just because of the quality of Barlow's work, but because non-linearity leads us to strange and exciting places; the skill is allowing the text to support that not by covering every base, but by hinting at many bases).
storytelling  linearity  sambarlow  jgballard  writing  games  herstory 
july 2015 by infovore
Melioration | Motherboard
Wonderful little story from Saxey about language, gender, and singular-they, although as with the best stories, it's all in the telling. Lots of good brain-tickles in here.
esaxey  writing  stories  fiction  sf  language 
june 2015 by infovore
Not only but also … remembering Dudley Moore the jazz pianist | Music | The Guardian
Lovely article on Dudley Moore's jazz playing; I'd always enjoyed what I'd heard of it, but this gives a broader overview. That take on 'My Blue Heaven' is just great.
jazz  dudleymoore  music  writing 
april 2015 by infovore
motion and rest · Nick Sweeney
"The mobile internet is the internet of motion, defined by mapping and directions, activity tracking, travel schedules, GoPro, Passbook and Uber. We have been given GPS receivers and three-axis accelerometers and proximity sensors for our pockets and purses, and the things we build for them urge us to keep moving. They are optimised to tell us that we’re not where we want to be: miles from our destination, steps from our daily goal, seconds from our personal best, an immeasurable distance from our rose-gold aspirations.

What, then, does the internet of rest look like?" Double thumbs-up for Nick Sweeney
nicksweeney  writing  iot  mobile  computing  quietcomputing  calm  holgate 
march 2015 by infovore
The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape | Books | The Guardian
"There are experiences of landscape that will always resist articulation, and of which words offer only a distant echo. Nature will not name itself. Granite doesn’t self-identify as igneous. Light has no grammar. Language is always late for its subject. When I see a moon-bow or a sundog, I usually just say “Wow!” or “Hey!” Sometimes on a mountain, I look out across scree and corrie, srón and lairig – and say nothing at all. But we are and always have been name-callers, christeners. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes grained into our words."
landscape  writing  language  britain  robertmacfarlane 
march 2015 by infovore
The Shield - The Wallflower Collection
A spreadsheet cataloguing all of "wallflower"'s episode-by-episode guide to The Shield - his writing on it is so, so good.
theshield  tv  writing 
february 2015 by infovore
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 85, J. G. Ballard
Rather wonderful interview with J G Ballard in 1984, in the Paris Review; effusive, head-screwed on, but god, his working process is hardly something you can emulate: such absolute control and certainty!
jgballard  writing  process  society  interview 
january 2015 by infovore
On File Formats, Very Briefly, by Paul Ford · The Manual
"WordPerfect was always the best word processor. Because it allowed for insight into its very structure. You could hit a certain key combination and suddenly the screen would split and you’d reveal the codes, the bolds and italics and so forth, that would define your text when it was printed. It was beloved of legal secretaries and journalists alike. Because when you work with words, at the practical, everyday level, the ability to look under the hood is essential. Words are not simple. And WordPerfect acknowledged that." I grew up on WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, and Reveal Codes. Some days, I wonder if it's why I got on with markup so well.
paulford  writing  technology  history  revealcodes  markup 
december 2014 by infovore
9 Things You Need To Write A Novel | tobylitt
This is a good list, from Toby Litt, and clearly one earned many times through fire.
books  writing  process  discipline 
november 2014 by infovore
fauxthentication | the m john harrison blog
"The constant bolstering of the “world” _constantly reveals it not to be one_, ie never to be complete the way the world is. This seems to say more about the limits of writing & the act of suspension of disbelief (an immersion which can clearly be brought about in other ways) than it does about the actual need for a world to seem to be present in front of the reader. Also, it strikes me as a bit mad to be a fiction writer if you have to struggle desperately with the pretence that you’re not." MJH on world-building again.
worldbuilding  fauxthentication  mjohnharrison  writing 
october 2014 by infovore
What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making | Quiet Babylon
"Something that journalists sometimes do is publish a disclosure statement. It’s sort of like an About Me page except it’s a listing of all their conflicts of interest—all the areas of coverage where you might have good reason to think they should not be trusted. It’ll say things like I once worked at Google or I’m married to an employee of Microsoft. I have never written one of these but I have fantasies about doing a comprehensive one. It would be the length of a novel, I think. An endless and yet incomplete litany of all the blood, privilege, history, and compromise on my hands." I could have quoted lots of this, but I chose this. It's good. It encapsulates the beginnings but not ends of lots of thoughts, and reminds me why, right now, I'm afraid of assuming anything about anything, why stereotyping "big companies" as being identical isn't just inaccurate but also unhelpful, and why the point of boundaries is that they always exclude _somebody_.
timmaly  writing  capitalism  contextcollapse  boundaries  communities 
september 2014 by infovore
BOMB Magazine — The George Saunders Interview, Part 1 by Patrick Dacey
Cracking interview with George Saunders, from 2011 (so pre-Tenth of December). Lots about the craft of writing, and about what Just Turning Up looks like. Also, his imaginary writing class in which Hemingway punches everybody out made me laugh out loud.
writing  shortstories  fiction  craft  georgesaunders 
september 2014 by infovore
What Bits Want — The Message — Medium
"Of course this is pure anthropomorphization. Bits don’t have wills. But they do have tendencies." This piece by Kevin Kelly is great - though this line neatly explains my suggestion that 'things' sometimes have 'desires' better than I ever have before.
writing  technology  bits  kevinkelly  medium 
september 2014 by infovore
How to Be Polite — The Message — Medium
Paul is right. And: I will endeavour to remember his point about holding off talking about jobs (or yourself) as long as possible. I keep working on this stuff, because it's important and makes the world easier, so often. Listening first is always a good start.
paulford  ftrain  etiquette  politeness  writing 
august 2014 by infovore
Let’s fly — The Message — Medium
"Arrive early. Arrive early? Sounds simple. It is — let me show you.

Arrive so early that a friend will text you, What R U sixty years old? No, you’re not sixty, you’re much older, because the wisdom of the early arrival seems to have eluded even most sixty-year-old travelers."
writing  travel  flying  craigmod 
july 2014 by infovore
Ebooks for all — The Message — Medium
Really strong piece by Craig Mod on Worldreader and their achievements, focusing on a school in Ghana.
ebooks  publishing  literature  craigmod  writing  africa  ereaders 
june 2014 by infovore
Arcfinity - We're reading BARRICADE by Jon Wallace
"There’s a general principle of book reviewing, set out originally by, I believe, Cyril Connolly. He advised reviewers that they should write for the reader when reviewing a book they like, but if they dislike it they should address the author instead. This creates a distinction between a public recommendation, which pleases the author and possibly makes readers interested, and a more personal discourse intended for the author, but which is likely to be discouraging and disappointing... Well then, Mr Wallace, what are we to say to each other in this semi-public place?" Oh boy. Christopher Priest really hated this book (and his argument seems reasonable, to be honest.)
sf  writing  criticism  christopherpriest 
june 2014 by infovore
what I am like in real life | the m john harrison blog
"keep some parts of myself severely to myself, am thus able to maintain a deep fruitful disjunction between this real world & the real real world." (and: of _course_ the "Robin" commenting on MJH's blog is Robin Sloan)
mjohnharrison  writing 
june 2014 by infovore
how to be a blackbird
A lovely game - almost a poem, but definitely Enough Game - by Holly Gramazio, about being a blackbird in a city. It made me feel many things, which is what the best writing does. Also, I shall now probably play it again.
games  twine  hollygramazio  writing  poetry  cities 
may 2014 by infovore
Learning From Legos -
"When my brother and I wanted a new toy, we cannibalized whatever we’d made before, which had been made of all the things we’d ever made before that. So of all those years of guns and starships, I have only that Wrightian feeling for form in the fingertips — and the sound, somewhere between rustling and clinking, of a thousand plastic pieces tumbling from an overturned bucket into a disorderly pile, rippling away from a seeking hand." As Paul M pointed out, that sound is very, very visceral for many of us. This is a lovely article about what Lego does to the head.
lego  design  making  writing 
march 2014 by infovore
"First Novel is not the first novel by Nicholas Royle. First Novel is the seventh novel by Nicholas Royle. The protagonist is a novelist called Paul Kinder who teaches Creative Writing in Manchester. Nicholas Royle is a novelist who teaches Creative Writing in Manchester. Paul Kinder is fascinated by first novels. Nicholas Royle is fascinated by first novels. Paul Kinder is friends with novelist and short story writer, Elizabeth Baines. Nicholas Royle is friends with novelist and short story writer, Elizabeth Baines. Paul Kinder has a fascination with the uncanny. Nicholas Royle has a fascination with the uncanny. In other words, First Novel is very much in danger of disappearing up its own arsehole." I greatly enjoyed First Novel - I'm somewhat a fan of Royle's work - and this is a nice interview, especially his comments on the various overlaps with reality.
writing  fiction  nicholasroyle  reality 
february 2014 by infovore
Inside Monopoly's secret war against the Third Reich • Articles • Board Game •
"Houdini received this sort of letter every day, but Clayton Hutton's was different. Clayton Hutton was different. By accepting his challenge - by promising Clayton Hutton the considerable sum of £100 if the packing case in question defeated him - Houdini set in motion a strange chain of events that would, in a wonderfully mad and circuitous manner, impact the course of a vast global conflict that was at the time still 26 years away." Somebody please commission Christian to write a book? Soon? Thanks! (This is great).
monopoly  ww2  history  christiandonlan  games  writing 
january 2014 by infovore
A breakdown of 2013's most fascinating video game moment | Polygon
"In another view, the "true Spelunky" is the live-streamed experience, both for broadcaster and spectator. Spelunky - as a concept, as an experience, as an entity — isn't just the game binary that you download onto your computer. It's also the Twitter banter about the game; it's the daily slog to get better at the game, slowly but surely, death after death; it's the communal effort to uncover new exploits and weird secrets; it's something that's equally "ours" as it is Mossmouth's. Spelunky, like any sport or game that matters — I mean really matters — is inseparable from the culture around it." Doug Wilson's analysis of Bananasaurus Rex's Solo Eggplant Run makes a great late contender for games writing of the year. It's precise, expert, and yet exciting, all at once; it demystifies and celebrates all at once. Great stuff.
spelunky  dougwilson  difficult  streaming  sharing  games  writing  feedbackloops 
december 2013 by infovore
Letters From Schwarzville: What it feels like to write a picture book story
"Think of it as theatre. Picture books are a lot like theatre, 32 pages of performance to help parents entertain, educate, encourage an audience of one - over and over again. Thousands of copies, each one a paper theatre. You provide the script, the sets, the costume, the stage tricks." Yes, that.
stories  writing  reading  readingaloud 
november 2013 by infovore
▶ Dan Abnett: "Ka-Boom! (And Other Made-Up Words)" - YouTube
Dan Abnett talks about writing. A lot of his writing is formulaic and genre-based, but he's really eloquent about the craft of writing to spec, and the simplicity of getting to know your medium. Really enjoyable talk about craft that percolates nicely.
writing  comics  genre  danabnett 
november 2013 by infovore
Lookspring » Mind games
"I like co-op games where the other player gets a beer, not a second controller, but can still be utterly pivotal to the outcome of a game." Yes, that, and indeed, all of this lovely post from Margaret. I should return to FTL - I played a lot of it last year, and loved it, even if it mainly was a game about seeing how quickly somebody would asphyxiate when the Oxygen Machine blew up. Again. Sigh.
ftl  games  writing  margaretrobertson 
november 2013 by infovore
M John Harrison interviewed - infinity plus non-fiction
Rather good interview with MJH; covers lots of bases, carried out just before Light was published.
writing  interview  mjohnharrison  sf  fantasy  fiction 
october 2013 by infovore
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