Tag Archives: history

Questions 651: He Said, Historically

Roland asks: “Can you elaborate on changes in conversational style and dialog tags then (1960s and earlier) vs. now? Are these changes linear or cyclical?”

Resources Mentioned
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
Conan the Barbarian Series by Robert E Howard
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
The Red Wind by Raymond Chandler
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Tom Swift and His Jetmarine by Victor Appleton II
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
Every Day Novelist Deep Characterization Series
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Reave the Just by Stephen R. Donaldson
Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
The Bad Sex in Fiction Awards

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Questions 581: Soul Eaters

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Today we introduce a series of questions from high school student Jason doing on a project on expertise, who asks: “I’m writing a story in which one can steal powers from those they kill. What fictional or real-world sources can I draw from?”

Questions 570: Medical Apocalypse

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Jeanne asks: “What about a medical apocalypse? Either as the cause or effect of the collapse of civilization?”

Resources Mentioned
1491 by Charles C. Mann
Earth Abides by George Stewart
The Stand by Stephen King
The Walking Dead (TV and comic series)
Resident Evil film series
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Omega Man (film)
The Last Man on Earth (film)
I am Legend (film)
28 Days Later
The Last Man by Mary Shelley
The Scarlet Plague by Jack London
World War Z by Max Brooks
Jeremiah TV series
12 Monkeys
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Questions 509: Slavery and Characterization

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Robert asks: As a follow up to ep 499 – How would being a slave shape a character’s personality?

Resources mentioned

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
The Gulag Archipeligo by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
David Hume: The Essential Philosophical Works
Two Treatises of Government, John Locke
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 

Question 328: Creativity and Cultural Appropriation

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Tarquin asks: “Everyone is talking about cultural appropriation. What’s the deal?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Mikado
Soviet War Crimes
Pol Pot
Great Leap Forward
Nazi extermination camps
Rape of Nanking
Unit 731
Native Americans in the United States

Questions 327: Knowledge is Magic!

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Simon says: “I want to learn more about history and science. Where should I go?”

Resources Mentioned:

Hardcore History
EconTalk
Planet Money
Naked Scientists
Commonwealth Club of California
Today I Found Out
VisualPolitik
James Burke’s The Day The Universe Changed, and Connections
Richard Feynman Lectures
OpenCulture
Long Now Foundation
Council on Foreign Relations
The Bible Geek