Think Like a Player!

From the beginning of any playthrough of the game, the author knows what things happen when, why they happen and what they mean. They even know things that don’t appear in the game at all. By contrast, the player knows only what they’ve seen so far, plus anything they guess or speculate (which may well be totally wrong). The rest of this article talks about some specific problems caused by…

Frankenstrunk is Shrunken Strunk

I have a Strunk and White. I like having it. And it’s clarity has helped me. Not because I necessarily followed the advice or even agree with it now, but because at a more formative time in my writing life, it gave me a simple place to depart from. It made me feel like a writer to have it. When I first read White’s advice (far more than Strunk’s), it…

Attack of the Career-Killing Blogs

But in another sense, academic blogging represents the fruition, not a betrayal, of the university’s ideals. One might argue that blogging is in fact the very embodiment of what the political philosopher Michael Oakshott once called “The Conversation of Mankind”?an endless, thoroughly democratic dialogue about the best ideas and artifacts of our culture. –Robert S. Boynton –Attack of the Career-Killing Blogs (Slate)