The Kids These Days and The Novels: JT Crane, Popular Amusements, and Other Things That Will Kill You

J[onathan] T[ownley] Crane’s book Popular Amusements was published in 1869. As you might guess (or maybe you can figure out from the teaser in my last post, or from the title of this one), the answer to the question “What popular amusements does Crane suggest?” is “NO!” Base ball (sic)? It’ll kill you dead. Dancing? … Continue reading The Kids These Days and The Novels: JT Crane, Popular Amusements, and Other Things That Will Kill You

The Kids These Days and The Novels: James Baldwin, Ph.D., and the Absolute Worst Things Ever

Let’s turn to James Baldwin, Ph.D., who included an absolutely hilarious warning against bad books in his rather comically titled The Book-Lover. Dr. Baldwin says, “In these last years of the nineteenth century there is no more prolific cause of evil than bad books.” Wow, if the worst that people in his part of the … Continue reading The Kids These Days and The Novels: James Baldwin, Ph.D., and the Absolute Worst Things Ever

WTO Master Classes

Writing the Other: Master Classes are focused, live, online workshops of just a few hours–not a six-week commitment like the excellent workshop that I did–that go more deeply into specific topics. These include writing Native American characters, writing comics/graphic novels, writing asexual characters, writing deaf and blind characters, and other topics.

You keep using that word

“Does the science in science fiction have to be accurate?” That’s a question I’ve seen more than once. But beyond the (debatable) basics, what does “accurate” even mean in terms of science fiction? When I was a kid, an astronaut came to my elementary school. The thing I remember most vividly is his rundown of all the … Continue reading You keep using that word