Using TVTropes as a base of information, this incredible chart organizes story structure, archetypes, plot devices and more into a structure similar to the periodic table of elements. It's an incredibly cool project that puts the actually really useful storytelling knowledge of TVTropes into a more-teachable form.
Playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard is perhaps best known for his postmodern Shakespearanisms—Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Shakespeare In Love (though I'd personally argue that his greatest works were Travesties and Brazil). But a new Stoppard biography from Hermione Lee has brought some new and revitalized attention to one of Stoppard's lesser-known literary contributions:… READ THE REST
Octavia Butler's Parable books are having a bit of a renaissance. Originally published in 1993 but set between 2024 and 2027, Parable of the Sower finally made it onto the New York Times Bestseller List this year—and Butler didn't even live to see it happen, having passed away in 2006. There was also a recent… READ THE REST
The Literary Review has cancelled its Bad Sex in Fiction Award for 2020 because "the public had been subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well," according to the organizers. From The Guardian: The prize was set up in 1993 by Auberon Waugh, with the intention… READ THE REST
Now that we're all way too accustomed to remote video meetings, you're probably noticing some alarming patterns, like how some of your co-workers position their cameras in very funky places. Or how people can't seem to get their technical issues in order, then talk all over each other when they do. If you're experiencing video… READ THE REST
You undoubtedly know at least one mouse hater. While 95% of the computing world points and clicks, there are still those hard-boiled types who live and die by the keyboard and the keyboard only. While many of those devotees were often trained that way as programmers, others just can't stand trying to make ultra-precise cursor… READ THE REST
It's one of the most recycled memes in the history of meme-dom. Fry from the TV show, Futurama, his animated eyes bugging and a raised, clenched fist clutching a wad of cash, shouting, "Shut up and take my money!" It's the sentiment that drives e-commerce in 2021. We're all looking for deals that are so… READ THE REST