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The Six Main Arcs in Storytelling, as Identified by an A.I.

A machine mapped the most frequently used emotional trajectories in fiction, and compared them with the ones readers like best.<p>“My prettiest contribution to my culture,” the writer Kurt Vonnegut mused in his 1981 autobiography <i>Palm Sunday</i>, “was a master’s thesis in anthropology which was rejected by …

Books, Arts, and Culture

I always need to be writing because just living — and this is probably a fault of mine — living in the moment is not my forte. Sometimes when I am …

Books

Electric Literature

“A New Life Was Beginning,” flash fiction written together by Nelly Reifler and Shelly Oria<p>“Template for a Proclamation to Save the Species” by …

No Man’s Sky is an existential crisis simulator disguised as a space exploration game

It’s cold and lonely and empty and unsatisfying. It’s also worth your time.<p>At Recode’s annual Code Conference in June, venture capitalist Elon Musk made the provocative argument that reality is not reality at all, but a massive simulation built on top of some other reality.<p>“There’s a billion-to-one …

The 15 Best Places On The Internet For Book Lovers

It’s lit<p>The internet is great for many things: <i>The OC</i> GIFs, Harambe memes, and literature.<p>Does it seem like one of those things is not like the other? If it feels at all strange to you that the medium which has been credited (along with television, of course) with a national decline in attention …

5 Massive Space Operas to Read Between Marathon Sessions of No Man's Sky

<i>No Man’s Sky</i> is the most talked-about game of the summer, a massive space exploration sim boasting a universe so vast, the creators estimate 99 …

No Man's Sky