It isn’t often that you pick up a nonfiction book and find a writer that can turn a phrase like Joanne McNeil in Lurking. My copy is full of post-its with quotes from the book. Lurking: How a Person Became a User is a mix of memoir and other people’s stories. McNeil takes us through the Internet as a cultural space, and how that . . .
Kieron Gillen has the players break the cardinal rule of RPGs in the second volume of Die; they split the party. However, that allows for each of the characters to take the stage here, letting us know them all individually. At the same time he's fleshing out the characters, we get a peek into the nature of Die's world. . . .
Your parents and grandparents lived through every factory in the nation being nationalized. Every consumer good being rationed, including food.
You’re being asked to keep your dumbass at home and watch Netflix. You entitled morons, are so self-involved that when the biggest city in the nation has hospitals putting patients . . .
I spend a lot of time opening new documents in Ulysses, starting to write, sometimes even getting to hundreds of words before either letting it stay orphaned in drafts or deleting it all together. Reviews and coding articles are easy enough to put together, but when I want to write about politics or culture, I hit a wall.. . .
Book Review: Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China's First Great Victory over the West By Tonio Andrade
Tonio Andrade tried to thread the needle between Historical Revisionists and the more traditional historical narratives in * Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West*. Though I read a lot of nonfiction History, and listen to a fair bit of historical podcasts, I’m in it for the narrative. I couldn’t tell you . . .
We are awash in incompetence, avarice, and the worst sort of graft. Yet all of it packages in little containers of ego fed to our brain telling us we're the special ones. That's the two sentences that sum up the thousands of words that were going to go here that could describe just about every aspect of society right now. . . .
I picked up Don Brown's Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans when I was in New Orleans as I always like to get a couple of books about the city I travel to for the shelves. (Nothing beats getting Douglas Coupland's City of Glass in Vancouver for combining my literary and travel interests, but that's another . . .