"I did it, why can't you?" dissected.
On the act of feeding your head.
It's 1977 all over again, sort of.
Me and my, uh, belief system, whatever you wanna call it.
Why 'Trek' continues to matter, or not matter.
It's not that I don't care about the state of the world; it's that I'm not your soapboxer.
"What kind of story should I write?" How about one that's, you know, yours?
It's tempting to blame someone else for your creative failure, and also wrong.
Let's not be the things we claim to hate.
Migration issues continue.
Still migrating servers.
It's blog server upgrade time!
Different art, different critical standards? Maybe not.
Here’s a Quarter | Whatever ... after a certain point, it may become obvious that some people just want to complain, or to be angry, or to be an asshole, or whatever, and that nothing a reasonable person can do...
There's less room than ever for a big movie to fail.
"...the doctrine that the genius must be in advance of his time is almost wholly false and vicious..."
I disappear, I reappear.
Why "I don't care who wrote it, I only care if it's good" is disingenuous apoliticism.
Me and my big mouth, revisited.
Comics are just for kids. Right?
Close one book, open another. Me at work on my next project.
A report on the fruits of my labors in the code mines. (Programming-centric.)
As of late I've been reading Sir Karl Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemies, and with only slightly less enthusiasm than a man fresh from three weeks in the desert reserves for the first water spigot he finds. Like...
Not much time for blogging -- bunch of real-life things got in the way, and I ended up not doing book edits for a couple of days in a row. For me this constitutes a major failing of mettle, so...
"When any image is possible, no image is all that impressive anymore."
Why "teaching" creativity may be a misnomer at best and a waste at worst.
How best-sellerdom made fantasy "as bland as everything else in entertainment"
Home again, home again, jiggity jig. More about the post-vacation me.
Sure, maybe Zen is "irrational", but who's complaining?
On taking superhero movies seriously (because billion-dollar box office isn't serious enough, I guess).
Rewriting an outline: Head, met wall.
On writing long vs. writing short: Picking the subject matter.
On writing long vs. writing short: why do it?
"Entertainment" isn't a cover for dispensing lies and misinformation.
I'll tell me what to really think.
Another NYC bookstore gone, another desert of the mind expands.
A short silence.
Anders Breivik’s Inexplicable Crime - The New Yorker I do not believe that Breivik himself has anything to teach us. I believe that his life is a coincidence of unfortunate circumstances, and what he did was such an anomaly that...
"...smart people, lacking any sort of compelling real world data, are great at debating and rationalizing bad decisions."
"The real enemy is not ignorance, doubt, or even disbelief. It is false knowledge."
More about the cutting-edge tools of my writerly trade.
The fellow in the mirror needs your criticism the most.
When charges of hypocrisy are laid.
After my previous post about the way the New York that existed for generations is now being erased by easy money, Paul Krugman has some thoughts about the dynamics of how wealth changes neighborhoods in unpredictable, not just undesirable, ways:...
The real cost of "free" is right under our noses.
Even if you make pop culture, other pop culture is often a lousy creative role model.
On the glories of griping.
We've got to put a stop to these doorstoppers.
Oh, no, not another home video format!
On contagious norms-breaking.
On building an escape hatch with software.
Do people who complain that there's no media for them have a moral obligation to create it?
Why I wouldn't belong to any club yadda yadda.
Science fiction? Science faction.
Further documentation of vanishing New York. Get out your handkerchiefs.
More on the one-dimensional (political) man.
Respect ≠ tolerance, and why that's not a bad thing.
"... the moral commitment of democracy... is to a process, not a transcendent goal or a fixed, ideal standard."
Political polarities, revisited.
Why "DIY or die" may not cut it anymore.
Why never to say something can't win Best Picture. Or shouldn't.
Why numbers make us numb(er).
You always write the first one to throw it out.
I'm trying to solve my problems, not create new ones. Honest.
It's time we stopped using the computer like a glorified typewriter -- and many other things.
All entertainment is art, whether or not we know it, and all art is propaganda. Therefore ...
You are, in fact, a special and unique snowflake. And this should terrify you.
Publishing's got a brand new bag of author exploitation.
We argue not to change the minds of the committed, but for the sake of the uncommitted.
But of course it's scary to stick your neck out.
The original, the original, the original. Three times over.
Why "I'm an artist" stopped being a defense for the indefensible.
More on me drilling my own escape tunnel from dead-end software.
Zen's "no-mind" means humility, not cultivated ignorance.
Kiss the Shack goodbye. You won't see its likes again.
Speed kills culture, not just individuals.
The uncanny has become the new normal.
Maybe audiences, authors, and critics should be cultivated together, not separately.
When you hear the word "freedom", think about who's speaking.
Looks like I'll have to roll my own blog engine. I know, I'm nuts.
Can gaming's great women characters be written by men? | Polygon ... writers are required to create convincing characters who are different from themselves. But in video games, writers have tended towards idealized versions of themselves. I take this as...
Good night, little man. You were loved.
How not to appropriate history in the name of middlebrow art.
The screwing of screenwriters: they can't even take their names off a production anymore.
The peril and pain of DIY blogging.
This is either the smartest or stupidest thing I've done in a while. I'm tilting smartest. I went back and re-read many of my posts from the past several months. Stupidest, because it made me nod my head and realize...
Breaking news: 'Welcome to the Fold' will not be self-published. At least, not at first.
Why Do All Records Sound the Same? — Cuepoint — Medium Just as a modern politician’s job is to deliver seven second soundbites, [Maroon Five]'s job is to deliver seven second audio clips which will encourage young-ish people with a...
On my misshapen books.
Not all forms of suffering make for great drama, let alone great art.
Why creators ought to hold themselves to a higher standard in terms of what they feed their imaginations.
What's worse, indifference or censorship?
We shouldn't kid ourselves that consistent mediocrity is a worthy goal.
Warning: Navel-gazing within!
No, Marvel really is making the same movie over and over.
Terry Gilliam sifts through Hollywood's ashes, comes up broke.
On breaking the writing rules for good reasons.
And now, before 2014 is ticked off, a peek back over my shoulder.