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The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones - Scientific American Blog Network
Well-run societies don’t need heroes, and the way to keep terrible impulses in check isn’t to dethrone antiheros and replace them with good people. Unfortunately, most of our storytelling—in fiction and also in mass media nonfiction—remains stuck in the hero/antihero narrative.
storytelling  television  fiction  identity  nonfiction  relationships  writing  politics  creativity  narrative  sociology  language  story 
2 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Author Shanthi Sekaran on Why There's No One True American Experience - The Aspen Institute
Contemporary issues wouldn’t exist without the stories behind them. Every statistic can be traced back to a personal drama. Contemporary issues are really just stories, stripped of their individual characters and repackaged as news segments.
story  narrative  fiction  nonfiction  books  immigration  usa  mexico  india  media  journalism  news 
3 days ago by allaboutgeorge
College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education
College Women is a consortial project of the libraries and archives of the institutions formerly known as the Seven Sisters. The project began in the spring of 2014 with a Foundations Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the development of an online portal capable of searching the institutions’ digital collections of student material. Design and construction of the site was done by Interactive Mechanics, LLC of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These materials form the core of a collection that will continue to grow and evolve as a resource for scholarship on the impact of education on the trajectory of women’s lives.
women  education  history  fiction  research  writing 
3 days ago by HouseholdOpera
A lost work by Raymond Roussel
I’ve begun reading The Alley of Fireflies and just hit the little statue filled with frozen wine.
fiction 
3 days ago by M.Leddy
Fiction as Orienteering – Jessica Foley, May 2019
"On the 3rd May 2019, I hosted a panel on ‘Fiction as Orienteering’ as part of the 5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference at Trinity College Dublin. The theme of the conference was on “exploring creativity in narrative inquiry“. I took the conference as an opportunity to outline a pattern that’s been developing in my research around fiction in relation to ‘smart’ technologies, specifically the idea that fiction can work as a mode of orientation. "

"a process of research-creation through conversation"

"I’m looking for a metaphor, a model, that I can work with as a context, a thing to put things in, that will help to generate insights on the technologies and technological thinking surrounding, motivating and informing the development of smart cities and communications networks. "

"... open up a conversation on forms of narrative inquiry and creativity that are in some way inflected by fiction, technology and/or a critical sense of orienteering or orientation. "

"Narratives, stories, objects and maps of various kinds can function as a ‘handrail’ that offers orientation, like a thread through a maze. "
stories  storytelling  fiction  metaphor 
3 days ago by pierredv
The Blanched Bones, the Tyrant Wind
by Karen Osborne
Edited by Julia Rios
March 2019

The city lives because we die: we, the shivering, bloody few, the girls who climb the diamond stair in the winter to serve ourselves to the dragon.

I am barefoot, because shoes are said to clog the dragon’s throat, to make him cough and rage and spit burning slag from his hidden cavern at the top of the great mountain. I wear only a thin cotton gown, because coats and scarves are said to stick in the dragon’s teeth like gravel baked in bread. I carry a bag of rubies as red as the footsteps I leave behind, because the dragon likes gifts that shine almost as much as he likes the flesh of maidens.
fiction  fantasy  audio 
5 days ago by campylobacter
Botnik Studios - Harry Potter
Via New Scientist, 5 Jan 2019, issue 3211

Apparently uses a predictive text keyboard
AI  prediction  fiction  HarryPotter  spoofing 
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