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Heroes, Dark Heroes, and Antiheroes: How audience preferences have changed through the generations and what comes next

Much has been made about the oft-lamented shift from Hero to Antihero and the modern obsession with romanticizing evil. Most frequently, I've heard this complaint directed at modern western media's fixation on selecting one unyielding human trash fire after another as every main character. There's a reason modern book sales and movie sales are struggling. … Continue reading Heroes, Dark Heroes, and Antiheroes: How audience preferences have changed through the generations and what comes next

Maximize your productivity during the pandemic, or, Roman McClay was right

My friend Roman McClay (author of the great American novel Sanction) moved himself up to a mountaintop, built a cabin and compound out of shipping containers he modified himself, and focused obsessively into crafting his magnum opus. His third book is about to release, and each volume of the complete story weighs in at 400,000 … Continue reading Maximize your productivity during the pandemic, or, Roman McClay was right

Passive-Aggressive Behavior: Why it happens, and why it wears so thin

The first recorded instance of passive-aggressive behavior took place shortly after the invention of fire. A man named Grog sat stoking the new fire, cackling with glee as he piled giant logs into the flames. Eventually, he'd created a raging inferno. Nearby, Thunk snarled at Grog for making the cave too hot. Annoyed, Grog hurled … Continue reading Passive-Aggressive Behavior: Why it happens, and why it wears so thin