Author Archives: Alasdair

A Private Language of Modernist Mayhem: An Appreciation of Marcel Dzama

I haven’t talked about art as much as I’ve wanted to on this blog. Art is something I have a great appreciation for, but it’s an appreciation that I have found particularly difficult to translate into words. Most of my … Continue reading

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If I Wrote Book 4 of The Legend of Korra

(Fair warning before we begin: this is going to be an intensely nerdy post talking about The Legend of Korra, so if you haven’t watched the show, not much of it is going to make a lick of sense.) Today’s … Continue reading

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The USSR: A Personal Exploration

I have always deeply insecure about my writing. This is not unusual in the world of writers, but it has always been a particular source of frustration for me. Whenever I flip open a empty notebook or see the white … Continue reading

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Secondhand Manifestos: Quick Thoughts on Bruce Sterling’s Pirate Utopia

It appears to have accidentally turned into Jackboot Month here in the Dolmen. Today’s subject, Bruce Sterling’s 2016 novella Pirate Utopia, is something I literally found out about yesterday and spent a few hours reading cover to cover. I’ve never … Continue reading

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The Bard in Jackboots: Richard III (1995)

Like everyone in the English-speaking world, I had to read my share of Shakespeare during my formative years. I spent three years in high school with the Bard, making my way through Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth. I … Continue reading

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Rereading The War in the Air (1908)

One summer morning, sometime in the 1910s, the good men and women of New York City awaken to the sound of engines thrumming in the morning air. Craning their heads, they peek out of their windows to see the sky … Continue reading

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Hard to Be A (Fictional) God

After a long absence, I’ve made a return to reviewing for Strange Horizons with my latest piece, a discussion of City of Blades, the second book in what has become Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Divine Cities trilogy. Longtime readers of … Continue reading

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