writing

OpSec

Forensic Linguist Says 'Lodestar' Can't Tell Us Who Burned Trump in New York Times Op-Ed

Guessing the anonymous author of the Trump op-ed in The New York Times based on the use of the word ‘lodestar’ is “entirely useless,” according to a forensic linguist.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.6.18
in the comments

Mallory Ortberg's Internet

A toast to feminist site The Toast, and to making the internet a better place.
Sarah Scoles
6.13.17
psa

How to Pitch Motherboard

A brief guide to writing for Motherboard.
Motherboard Staff
5.22.17
did you read it?

How Does an 8,000 Word Story Go Viral?

A recent Atlantic story set a daily traffic record, but most people read it in bits and pieces, while eagerly sharing.
Kaleigh Rogers
5.19.17
Dystopia Now

What Keeps ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Creators and Stars Up at Night

Showrunner Bruce Miller, director Reed Morano, and actors Max Minghella and Samira Wiley tell us how much they think our reality resembles Gilead.
Sam Fragoso
5.17.17
Taking Our Jobs

Why Screenwriters Rebelled Against the 'Dystopian Future' of AI-Evaluated Scripts

"You can't quantify a Daniel Day-Lewis performance when you enter a script into this software."
Kevin Wong
5.9.17
Azeroth

Even in 'World of Warcraft,' Writing Is a Shitty Gig

Endless work, guilty fun, and no reliable pay. The same is true for both the real world and Azeroth.
Leif Johnson
5.2.17
Mastodon

It's Like Tweeting, But You Can't Use the Letter E

Mastodon has an instance with some very specific rules and people are into it.
Samantha Cole
4.13.17
Film

The First NY Sci-Fi Film Festival Was No Match For Reality

The celebration of independent films coincided with Trump's Inauguration weekend and the Women's March, making real life seem far more alien than any movie.
Michael Piel
1.27.17
Film

Remembering Carrie Fisher, the Actor and Writer Who Transcended 'Star Wars'

Following her breakout role as Princess Leia in 'Star Wars', she turned her sharp-witted writing to other big Hollywood projects and her own life.
Carl Franzen
12.27.16
Google

Automation Is Coming for SEO Content Farmers

How four twenty-somethings in Ohio built a neural network that outperforms offshore content mills.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.12.16
Film

The Author Behind ‘Arrival’, the Sci-Fi Movie of the Year

Ted Chiang is about to invade your mind.
Matthew Giles
11.11.16