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Meg Stivison has worked on the development of games including Next Island, Empire Online, Verge Games’ Grumpy Goats, and two Nancy Drew titles. She writes regularly on games and gaming culture for Indie Games Magazine, Hardcore Droid, and other outlets. She blogs on games and life at SimpsonsParadox.com Google

“Still Here” Confronts The Dating Profile Afterlife

The blurb for Lara Vapnyar’s upcoming novel Still Here says the book is about an app that will keep digital profiles alive after the owner has died. The app will do this by searching for patterns the original poster used and applying those patterns to the account after death.  Actually, that’s about as far as…

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“Scoutible,” a Game That Hopes To Replace Job Interviews (Sort Of)

Of all the demos at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt, Scoutible’s mobile game for replacing the job interview grabbed my attention. Some of the surrounding demos seemed like awesome tech solutions in search of a problem to solve, but, come on, what doesn’t suck about job interviews? Who wouldn’t rather play a game? Job interviews are…

Nigerian and American Expectations Collide in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Novel
Nigerian and American Expectations Collide in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Novel “Americanah”

I just finished Americanah, a wonderful novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author of Purple Hibiscus, among others. Adichie came to my attention through her non-fiction work, We Should All Be Feminists, but her fiction should not be missed. Americanah tells the story of a Nigerian woman’s years in the US, and her eventual return to Nigeria….

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A Manhattan Scandal About Manhattan Scandals in “Swans of Fifth Avenue”

The Swans of Fifth Avenueby Melanie Benjamin, the author of Alice I Have Been, tells the story of Truman Capote and his New York socialite friends, especially highlighting his relationship with Babe Paley. This whole novel is a gossipy delight, especially since I was mostly familiar with Truman Capote through In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s,…

Hey! VINA: Find New Pals, Boring Small Talk Not Required
Hey! VINA: Find New Pals, Boring Small Talk Not Required

Let’s be honest, it can be hard making adult friends, especially as we get older and our peers are becoming increasingly occupied with keeping tiny humans alive and healthy. Or when work moves us to a new city, away from our usual support networks.  Wouldn’t it be cool if we could skip all the boring…

Enjoy Charming Magical Realism in Menna van Praag’s Novels
Enjoy Charming Magical Realism in Menna van Praag’s Novels

Menna van Praag’s stories, The House at the End of Hope Street, The Dress Shop of Dreams, and her newest novel, The Witches of Cambridge, all invite readers to a Cambridge where magic lurks around every historical corner. These three novels are not a series, although it makes perfect sense that an enchanted bakery, dress shop,…

No, Seriously. Don't Skip
No, Seriously. Don’t Skip “Monument Valley”

Monument Valley. Are you playing this? You probably should be. This mobile game from ustwo has been out for a while, but the description of it as a casual puzzler kept me expecting yet another underwhelming freemium click-and-wait game. I missed out on months and months I could be playing Princess Ida on her beautiful…