Narrative Theory

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October 19, 2014 2:38 am
Neuroscience Proves (However Reluctantly) That We Have Free Will

Orion D. Jones, bigthink.com

In most respects, neurology’s attack on free will seems to have won the day, not the least reason being that randomness is a far cry from making free and intentioned decisions.
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October 18, 2014 8:45 pm
'The Affair' Creator Sarah Treem on Dual Narrative
Bryn Elise Sandberg, hollywoodreporter.com
"Sometimes the only way to get at objective truth is to have multiple people tell their own version of the same event," says the former ‘House of Cards’ writer"There’s two sides to every story" is the …

'The Affair' Creator Sarah Treem on Dual Narrative
Bryn Elise Sandberg, hollywoodreporter.com

"Sometimes the only way to get at objective truth is to have multiple people tell their own version of the same event," says the former ‘House of Cards’ writer

"There’s two sides to every story" is the …

7:01 pm
Charlie Kaufman Talks About His Writing Process in a Master Class
By mentorless, mentorless.com
Charlie Kaufman, screenwriter of Human Nature, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation and Synecdoche New York, that he also directed, talks about his creative process  …

Charlie Kaufman Talks About His Writing Process in a Master Class
By mentorless, mentorless.com

Charlie Kaufman, screenwriter of Human Nature, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation and Synecdoche New York, that he also directed, talks about his creative process …

October 17, 2014 12:11 pm
Frank Cottrell Boyce: schools are destroying the power of stories
Frank Cottrell Boyce, theguardian.com
In this extract from the David Fickling Lecture, the author argues that the transformative power of reading is under threat in an education system obsessed with targets and literacyBoth the government and the arts agencies have recently begun t…

Frank Cottrell Boyce: schools are destroying the power of stories
Frank Cottrell Boyce, theguardian.com

In this extract from the David Fickling Lecture, the author argues that the transformative power of reading is under threat in an education system obsessed with targets and literacy

Both the government and the arts agencies have recently begun t…

12:10 pm
Where are all the disabled characters in children’s books?
Megan Quibell, theguardian.com
Megan Quibell AKA TheBookAddictedGirl has never read a book with a physically disabled character as a lead – and nearly felt obliged to go to YALC as Professor Xavier from X Men. And that sucks, doesn’t it?My name’s Megan. I’m a teenager, a boo…

Where are all the disabled characters in children’s books?
Megan Quibell, theguardian.com

Megan Quibell AKA TheBookAddictedGirl has never read a book with a physically disabled character as a lead – and nearly felt obliged to go to YALC as Professor Xavier from X Men. And that sucks, doesn’t it?

My name’s Megan. I’m a teenager, a boo…

12:04 pm
How to depict the death penalty

bbc.com

A new exhibition aims to humanise condemned prisoners. From the sword to the electric chair, the death penalty has inspiredpowerful art, writes Jason Farago.

October 16, 2014 10:43 am
The top 10 modernisers in literature
John Grindrod, theguardian.com
From the architects who built the postwar world to the writers who predicted its horrors, the books that best evoke the postwar pioneering spiritFrom the red-brick flats on the windswept estate where I grew up to the concrete skyscrapers cluste…

The top 10 modernisers in literature
John Grindrod, theguardian.com

From the architects who built the postwar world to the writers who predicted its horrors, the books that best evoke the postwar pioneering spirit

From the red-brick flats on the windswept estate where I grew up to the concrete skyscrapers cluste…

10:43 am
We Must Revise Classic Literature To Promote Gender Inclusivity

Rachel Lu, thefederalist.com

Great news, parents of Lincoln, Nebraska! Your local authorities are hard at work to give you the world’s most gender-inclusive public schools. In a new initiative orchestrated by Gender Spectrum and the Center for Gender Sanity, public school…

October 15, 2014 9:59 am
3 Things Writers Wish Actors Knew About Writing
By John Swanbeck | Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 3 p.m., backstage.com
Without the talented writers behind your roles, you’d never be able to make your character come to life, but it’s up to you and the writer to collaborate.

3 Things Writers Wish Actors Knew About Writing
By John Swanbeck | Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 3 p.m., backstage.com

Without the talented writers behind your roles, you’d never be able to make your character come to life, but it’s up to you and the writer to collaborate.

October 14, 2014 5:50 pm
Why You Have No Idea What Your Favorite Characters Look Like
James Williams, popmatters.com
Celebrated book designer Peter Mendelsund considers how readers construct (or fail to construct) visual images in their minds in What We See When We Read. A central mystery of reading is the process by which the reader transforms inky marks …

Why You Have No Idea What Your Favorite Characters Look Like
James Williams, popmatters.com

Celebrated book designer Peter Mendelsund considers how readers construct (or fail to construct) visual images in their minds in What We See When We Read. A central mystery of reading is the process by which the reader transforms inky marks …