Luis E Gonzalez

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How George Orwell Predicted the Challenge of Writing Today

<i>The following is adapted from a lecture delivered in Barcelona at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona on June 6, 2018, in honor of Orwell Day.</i><p>Some essays are letters into the future. “The Prevention of Literature” is one such essay, and today I’d like to respond to it from 2018.<p>Orwell …

Living in Japan for a year, I saw reasons for its 'demographic time bomb' everywhere — and now I'm seeing the same troubling signs at home

"Kabukicho," he said. "The hotel my company booked is in Kabukicho."<p>That seemed a little strange to me. You might call Kabukicho the red-light district in Tokyo. Hostess bars, nightclubs, street prostitutes — not an environment where I would have expected a classic hotel chain.<p>When we turned the …

Blade of the Immortal Director Takashi Miike: Manga Was 'Salvation for Many Japanese Kids'

In the West, Takashi Miike is probably best known for gritty, gory thrillers like <i>Audition, Ichi the Killer</i> and <i>13 Assassins</i>. With 100 movies under his …

Kneel before Neill Blomkamp’s stunning CGI sci-fi short Praetoria

Neill Blomkamp's Oats Studios has unveiled its latest sci-fi short, titled <i>Praeotoria,</i> which boasts a mysterious warrior in a badass robotic suit of …

Science Fiction

When Kids Have to Act Like Parents, It Affects Them for Life

Some people who have to be responsible for their siblings or parents as children grow up to be compulsive caretakers.<p>Laura Kiesel was only 6 years old when she became a parent to her infant brother. At home, his crib was placed directly next to her bed, so that when he cried at night, she was the …

Space That Never Was is one artist’s vision of a never-ending space race

Where else might we have gone?<p>There’s something appealing about space artwork, whether it’s the cover of a zany science fiction novel, or promotional art cooked up by NASA. Recently an art blog from Polish concept artist and illustrator Maciej Rebisz caught my eye. Titled Space that Never Was, it’s …

‘How Can I Be More Assertive at Work?’

<i>Dear Boss,</i><p><i>Ever since I was a small child, I’ve been praised for how nice I am, how likable I am, how good I am with people. In many ways, this is a</i> …

Self-help

My Hero Academia: superhero fun without decades of backstory

All Might, All Might, All Might<p>It’s never been an easier time to get into superhero comics. They were once thought to be a specialized branch of study and the domain of dusty longboxes. But today, digital distribution has made it immeasurably easier both to find cape comics — thanks to platforms …

Anime

32 books everyone should read in their lifetime

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't just stick to the mystery novels, anthologies, or biographies you know and love. If you really want to become a more well-rounded person, you'll need to …

Pulitzer Prize

With other democracies in flames, Japan is saying “no thanks” to change

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe made an appearance at last year’s Rio Olympics dressed up as Super Mario climbing out of a pipe. He is rarely that delightful or exciting.<p>What he’s appreciated for in Japan is his steadiness, which is why his government consistently gets approval ratings of above …

Mark Bustos: the hairdresser to the homeless – in pictures

Photography,Homelessness,Fashion,Art and design,Life and style,Men's hair,Women's hair,Culture,Beauty,Society,Poverty<p>Filipino-American barber Mark Bustos gives free haircuts to the homeless every Sunday – and all over the world

A Complete Reading of George Orwell’s 1984: Aired on Pacifica Radio, 1975

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." Thus, with one of the best-known opening sentences in all English …

15 Dark Comics By Gypsie Raleigh That’ll Make You Think

Love. There’s nothing in this world more amazing. But as these “gleefully dark and whimsical” comics remind us, there’s also nothing more painful.<p>The …

A new literary genre critiques the scariest, most unbelievable part of life in China—reality

Traditional literary tropes have struggled to describe China’s day-to-day corruption, warp-speed modernization, supersonic development, and political oppression. Mystery, satire, horror—none feel quite expansive enough to begin encompassing the stories of the world’s most simultaneously populous …

Science Says Exercise Cancels Out Booze, So Just Keep Drinking

If you find yourself sweaty and exhausted from exercise and feel like a cold can of beer might hit the spot, there's new research indicating that's …

Booze

Ask Ethan: How Small Is An Elementary Particle?

If you take any amount of matter, no matter how small or how large, there are only two options for what it’s made up of: either it can be split into something smaller, or it’s truly fundamental and indivisible. For most of the 19th century, we thought that atoms were that fundamental, smallest …

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Jung Young Moon weaves a metafictional dream in 'Vaseline Buddha'

There are novels that try to transport you, that in the words of Neil Gaiman act as "a dream that you hold in your hand." If the dream succeeds, you forget the physical book you are holding and travel to Tralfamadore, Wuthering Heights, Wonderland, wherever; you live life through the eyes of the …

Los Angeles

Why It Doesn’t Pay to be a People-Pleaser

People ask me all the time what the secret to happiness is. “If you had to pick just one thing,” they wonder, “what would be the <i>most</i> important thing …

How to make ice cream without an ice cream maker

Should your once-in-a-lifetime dream cruise aboard the Good Ship Lollipop come to a crashing halt on the rock candy cliffs of some lonely dessert island, wouldn't it be great to whip up a little stash of ice cream? Fear not, dauntless traveler, today we make ice cream without a net. And by "net," …

New On Netflix: The Shows And Movies To Watch For The Holiday Weekend

A pile of new movies and shows hit Netflix just in time for the holiday weekend, and more are coming this week, including a few new Netflix Originals.<p>July 1′s 62 releases don’t offer a ton of blockbusters, but they do offer a mountain of guilty-viewing pleasures, including a number of cult …

What's New on Netflix in July—and What to Watch Before It Disappears

So long, Star Trek; hello, Bojack.<p>It’s nearly time to celebrate the United States’s 240th birthday—and what better way could there be to mark this glorious occasion than by drawing your curtains, settling in on the couch, and rejecting the outdoors in favor of some good, old-fashioned American …

'Women are realistic, men idealistic': Studio Ghibli on why a director's gender matters

When Hayao Miyazaki left Japan’s legendary studio, Hiromasa Yonebayashi took the reins. He speaks about the shadow cast by his predecessor, animation in the age of Pixar and how men and women approach fantasy differently<p>When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from Japan’s greatest animation …

Someone is writing a mysterious, dystopian novel of the future in Reddit comments

It all began in April, when Reddit user _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 posted a bizarre comment on a thread on Reddit about the cover of George Orwell’s <i>1984</i>. The comment described a botched CIA program, called the MKUltra experiments, where subjects were fed a steady stream of LSD and other psychoactive …

Why Every Man Should Study Classical Culture | The Art of Manliness

If you’ve been following the Art of Manliness for awhile now, you’ve likely caught on to the influence that the classical cultures of Greece and Rome …

Michael Hofmann: ‘English is basically a trap. It’s almost a language for spies’

The influential Anglo-German poet, critic and translator on how he came to be depicted as a lit‑crit Johnny Fartpants<p>The savagery with which Michael Hofmann can wield a hatchet has earned him unlikely fans outside the literary circuit. A recent issue of Viz ran a cartoon of the critic, poet and …

The Cryptic Visual Language Of Russian Prison Tattoos

A Russian photographer spent decades documenting prisoner tattoos–now, his archive has been turned into a book.<p>Tattoos occupy myriad places in our culture, whether as works of art, the future of wearable tech, reality-show fodder, or just reminders of our terrible decisions. But for Arkady …

Men Need to Heal Childhood Pain to Find Adult Love and Happiness

<i>We can find more love as adults by healing painful childhood memories that prevent us from fully experiencing love.</i><p>—<p>Our view of love and life is …

This is the end of marriage, capitalism and God. Finally!

<b>Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams and Jemima Kirke in "Girls" (HBO/Mark Schafer)</b><p>My fellow boomers might mock millennials, but what if the new generation has the big questions absolutely right?<p>Jeff DeGraff<p>February 6, 2016 2:29pm (UTC)<p>The next big thing isn’t a clever gadget or miracle …