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The (Arguable) Father of Latin American Magical Realism

The (Arguable) Father of Latin American Magical Realism

When one thinks of an author’s magnum opus they usually picture a novel that runs the length of an epic, a novel in volumes, a novel with more characters and experiences than there are in actual towns across the world. But then there is Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Paramo — short, by all means a novella, but…

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The Modern Epistolary Horror That is The Dionaea House
The Modern Epistolary Horror That is The Dionaea House

If there is anything certain about screenwriter Eric Heisserer’s The Dionaea House: Correspondence from Mark Condry, initially written as a web pitch to a yet-unmade movie, it is that piercing horror best takes hold through evocative  fragments, through investigating the silent dead ends and meticulously stirring a sense of authenticity. The tale begins with emails from…

Mapcrunch: When Exploring The World Becomes A Time-Wasting Game
Mapcrunch: When Exploring The World Becomes A Time-Wasting Game

If the world has been shrinking ever since the onset of the internet, perhaps Google Street View is primarily to blame. At least that’s what the good people at Mapcrunch want us to believe — just flip through instant Street Views of a host of countries from every continent (yes, even Antarctica) and revel in…

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Why “The Dispossessed” Is Still One Of The Most Important Sci-Fi Novels Of All Time

To put forth an idea of a utopia is one thing — to dissect the idea and watch as its parts intermingle and clash in a blinding haze is an entirely different endeavor. It’s one of the reasons why Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed won two of the most coveted sci-fi fiction awards. The…

Bubloe's Social Monsters Are the Best Way to Kill Time (and Each Other) Online
Bubloe’s Social Monsters Are the Best Way to Kill Time (and Each Other) Online

If you wanted to ask Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinska, who make up the Polish web design Hipopotam Studio, why  they created Bubloe, the answer is not far from their homepage: “Because =)”. Because why not create your own typeface? Why not load  it with your own beat box sounds? And why not let users…

“Bio Bak,” a Bizarre, Interactive Romp Through Web’s Hallucinatory Hijinks

Open landing at Bio Bak, one is immediately presented with a host of questions, and none more pressing than, “Just what the hell is this?” And after the initial shock: Why does the French-accented narrator with a megaphone for a mouth have such a long, pimpled tongue? Will the crabby, foul-mouthed metal detector ever wake…

Incredibox: The Evolving BeatBox Web App
Incredibox: The Evolving BeatBox Web App

When hip hop birthed modern beatboxing in the 1980s, it was a triumph of man over machine, a vindication of our natural rhythm and self-reliant musicality.  In the decades that followed, that triumph was drowned out by the explosion of electronic sound.  But even today there are corners of our digital word that still pay…