I like the phrase “The Implied Appendix N” to refer to the whole corpus of pulp adventure that formed the background of modern pop culture.
As the history of Gary Gygax at TSR illustrates, what makes a good hobby and what makes a profit can be quite different things.
An excellent bit on the eponymous dungeons of Dungeons and Dragons.
COVID has upended the long-term pattern where a few winner take all cities enjoyed all the economic growth and good jobs.
I’ve talked about the U-Haul index before, a quick and dirty way to look at relative migration by looking at oneway prices for U-Haul trucks. This is U-Haul’s own look at the same thing.
This was 2019, but that definitely feels like the before time.
Bret Devereaux has an interesting post on different societies’ conceptions of courage, but I pretty strongly disagree with his interpretations of how warriors from different systems would perceive each other. The evidence we have is closer to Keegan’s interpretation, take for example Hal Moore’s obvious respect for the Vietnamese or this account of the Apaches.
Misha Burnett muses on how the loss of moral vision has crippled fantasy books.
Michael Reyes’ Clock’s Watch is still one of my favorite bits of weird fiction.
David Feintuch’s Seafort Saga is a great bit of science fiction. John J. Reilly’s review got me interested, and I loved it.