Getting Beyond the Garden

2015-3-28 introversion II img01Last week Nikola urged introverts to relinquish their self-oriented solitude for the sake of community. In this post, I share my experience with attempting to do just that.

I am an introvert. I come from a completely introverted family: We avoid answering the door or the telephone when it’s a stranger calling. When I was in middle school, I read books while walking down the hallway—the better not to see you, my dear. By the time I hit high school, I introduced myself to the girls seated on either side of me out of sheer desperation. I was tired of being picked last for group projects. Continue reading

Living Beyond the Garden

2015-3-26 Introversion img01A quick Google image search on “introvert” yields a plethora of infographics, cartoons, and memes glorifying introversion and instructing all of those pushy extraverts how to properly interact with the introverts in their lives. (Some of the most popular were helpfully compiled by Buzzfeed here.) Speaking as an extravert, I don’t doubt that we have it coming. It’s easy to see other people as means to an end (such as easing loneliness or getting validation). It’s easy to think that anyone who doesn’t choose the same lifestyle must have something wrong with them. Extraverts, when we do these things, we are selfish and wrong. Introverts, that doesn’t mean that you’re right. Continue reading

The Virtue of Shame

2015-3-23 shame img01“…Loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful; and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behavior towards the undeserving of the other sex.” This comes from Mary, the homely, pietistic Bennett daughter in Pride and Prejudice. In the context of the novel’s events, her comment is somewhat less than helpful, but it also rings true. In many ways, all a woman has ever had is her reputation. Continue reading

How Music Is Comprised In The Ear of Man, or, An Inquiry Concerning The Nature and Forms of Music, Part I

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In this series of posts, I will attempt to give my perspective on music as a lover of music, and a musician. It may be a bit rambling, and my opinions may change as I progress through and learn more. A little bit of my background in the subject: I play several instruments, mostly self-taught. I know very little musical theory and don’t read musical notation all that well. I enjoy listening to music carefully, picking up the nuances and subtleties.

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On the Art of Storytelling: the Merits and Pitfalls of Interactive Media as a Storytelling Medium, Part II

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Read the first post in this series here.

What’s in a game?  This is a question which has prompted a great deal of debate, particularly with the rise of video games, and it is difficult to say definitively what actually comprises a “game.”[1]  With regard to the new media, many will cite traits such as gameplay, graphics, sound, etc.—but perhaps the most important and fundamental characteristic which comes to mind, particularly in respect to storytelling, is player agency.

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Unveiling the Sacred

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I happened to see something on television in which a woman bought a scant outfit to wear for her husband in order to “get his attention” when he came home. Having no desire to watch it further, I turned back to whatever I had been doing and promptly forgot about it. Then, for some reason, the advertisement came to mind a day or so later. Why did it pop into my head again? Who knows. But I found that it was bothering me, and at first I couldn’t quite figure out why. Continue reading