Tag Archives: research

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

Questions 325: Writing Humor

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Today J.R. asks: “How can a dramatic writer learn humor?”

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Resources mentioned:
Oscar Wilde
PG Wodehouse
Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate
Crimes & Misdemeanors
Dogma
Dr. Strangelove
ZooTV
Brave New World
Road to Gandolfo
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
DiscWorld
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Questions 208: Effective Vocabulary Building (Writing Instruction Series 2)

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In this second installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can we effectively expand our usable vocabulary?”

Books mentioned:
The King James Bible
The Works of Shakespeare
The Illiad
The Odyssey
The Oedipus Trilogy
The Satires of Juvenal
Ciero

YA Adventure Special 13: Wrapping It Up

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Today, I talk about the Character Climax in Hadrian’s Flight, the denouement, and the experience of finishing up my first ever successful attempt to write a Heinlein Juvenile. Interesting revelations about the nature of creativity and young adult literature ensue.

This marks the final episode in this series of specials–do send in any questions it spawned for you!

And be sure to check out Hadrian’s Flight for yourself!