Yesterday, I talked about how comic books often use madness as a shortcut to let the audience know a character is evil. After discussing the issue with a few close, extremely intelligent humans of my acquaintance, I’ve come to recognise the deeper issue. Human beings, as a race, are absurdly optimistic and naive. Why does every […]Read more "The Pervasive Myth of Evil"
I saw Batman V Superman this past week, and I very much enjoyed it. So many of the complaints I’ve heard about the movie didn’t apply to my experience of it – I didn’t care about pre-used storylines, inconsistent character portrayal (I took off my novelist hat that afternoon), or Ben Affleck. I didn’t care […]Read more "Batman V Superman: Awesome Story, Troublous World"
The biggest difference between your novel and a PhD thesis is that more people will want to read your novel…and, in theory, you might get paid with real money for your novel, which makes your project a little bit more financially viable than the average doctoral thesis.Read more "Your Novel: An (Actually) Interesting PhD Thesis"
My brilliant friend, Cassidy Queerface, posted a blog recently entitled, “The S Word“. To be quite honest, there is nothing I can add to what she said, because she said quite a bit. I want, instead, to address something she referenced in passing: the terminally ill patient’s “right to die.” In some parts of the […]Read more "The “Right to Die” Is a Human Right"
PART ONE: THE BACKSTORY As you have no doubt heard, there was (yet) another mass shooting in the US, by an entitled, young, white male. 13 people were killed. The debate engines are revving up (once again), to make sure a tragedy of this scale “never happens again” (until it does). Having witnessed this spectacle […]Read more "Crazy Is as Crazy Does: A Somber Story in Three Parts"
Being an artist is not easy. Being a human is not easy. It involves being around other humans, most of whom you will not know, some of whom you will not like, a very few of whom you will befriend. It involves pain. It involves betrayal. It involves loss. It involves disappointment. Being a disabled human is damned […]Read more "Being Human: A Survival Guide"
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.” – John Milton Imagine trying to describe the color green to a man who’s been blind since birth. This should give you an idea of the level of difficulty a madman has in determining true vs. untrue, rational […]Read more "It’s Own Place"