Something To Push Against (2019/04/06 10:00)
On constraints as creative impetuses, and the fallacies that arise therein.
It's A Living (2018/01/06 05:00)
If written fiction's becoming nothing but a prelude to adaptation, what's that mean for written fiction itself?
Lock, Stock, And Character Dept. (2017/06/07 08:00)
Stock "literary" characters can be just as one-dimensional as stock SF characters.
Cheap Shots Dept. (2017/04/10 08:00)
On politics in literature, again.
Politicaliterary Dept. (2017/02/06 08:00)
On politics in literature, spoken and unspoken (and a few other things).
Cynthia's Blues Dept. (2016/07/21 08:00)
Can in time a comic book stand in the same realm as anything Henry James produced? I'm sure it's possible; I'd argue it's already happened.
Outside The Cocoon Dept. (2016/05/20 10:00)
"In this cocoon, the working class is something to make money from..."
Blinded By The Light Dept. (2015/01/25 10:00)
How not to appropriate history in the name of middlebrow art.
Canonade Dept. (2015/01/06 10:00)
More literary canon calamities.
They Blinded Me With Science Dept. (2014/11/16 10:00)
On why non-SF writers sometimes disdain SF, continued.
My Ears! My Ears! Dept. (2014/11/04 10:00)
Few things hurt a writer worse than having a tin inner ear.
Guns And Butter Dept. (2014/08/20 10:00)
Why does it always come down to having to choose between science and art, between Shakespeare or the bomb?
Talk Is Cheap, Thank Goodness Dept. (2014/07/13 10:00)
More on why it's good that some books might never be filmed.
Page Down Dept. (2014/07/05 10:00)
Not every book is a first draft for a movie. Or should be.
The Books Or The Lifestyle Dept. (2014/06/04 10:00)
There's little in the way of serious literature out there about the psychodynamics of role-playing games.
A Washing Machine In The Sky Dept. (2014/01/29 10:00)
Why literary fiction often chooses to be fantastic in such a straight-laced way.
The Prediction Fiction And Other Conniptions Dept. (2014/01/07 10:00)
On John McCarthy's odd comments about literary fiction vs. SF.
This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get Dept. (2014/01/04 10:00)
"In a few generations, there will be no new ideas, only popular ones."
But Who Am I To Be Critical? Dept. (2013/08/27 09:00)
On criticism vs. reviewing.
Waves of the Future Dept. (2013/05/22 10:00)
If SF is "the literature of the future", shouldn't we be using the media of the future to deliver it?
Art Not Artifact Dept. (2013/04/26 11:30)
A book is not just a wad of paper.
Spice Of Life Dept. (2013/01/14 11:38)
Yasutaka Tsutsui's Paprika is now out domestically
A Mind So Open It Hurts Dept. (2013/01/06 10:00)
"It would be so weird if we knew just as much as we needed to know to answer all the questions of the universe. Wouldn’t that be freaky?"
Ordinary - Feh! Dept. (2012/11/25 10:00)
Is my love of a particular kind of (non-gimmicky) storytelling better than someone else's love of a particular kind of (gimmicky) storytelling?
Distrust That Particular Favorite Dept. (2012/09/09 10:00)
The difference between "best" and "favorite" is often unconsciously blurred.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind