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The musings of Robert B. Marks - author, editor, publisher, and researcher

Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-09-02 12:11
Subject: Garwulf's Corner #13: The Night Science Fiction's Biggest Awards Burned
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Tags:garwulf's corner, sad puppies, the escapist, the hugo awards
The new Garwulf's Corner is now up on The Escapist, and this week we look at the tragedy that engulfed the Hugo Awards this year.
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-09-01 15:09
Subject: And the new Fooling Garwulf is up at the Escapist...
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Tags:fool us, magic, penn and teller, the escapist
And, the latest Fooling Garwulf is now up at The Escapist.  This week, we review last night's episode, eat our own words, and take a look at one of the current controversies in magic...

(Next week's Penn & Teller: Fool Us is a repeat, so Fooling Garwulf will return on September 15th.)
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-08-29 11:15
Subject: To the Guardian: Accuracy Matters
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Tags:anita sarkeesian, garwulf's corner, online harassment, the guardian
Today, the Guardian posted an excellent article on Anita Sarkeesian.  For those who haven’t been following such things, Sarkeesian is a feminist pop culture critic who gained fame (and a truly horrific amount of harassment and abuse) by creating a series of videos talking about how women are treated in video game tropes.

However, while I have no problems with Anita Sarkeesian, I do have a problem with this article about her.

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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-08-25 11:19
Subject: Some comments on the Hugos from the perspective of a relative outsider (and small publisher)
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Tags:hugo awards, sad puppies
So, there’s a Garwulf’s Corner coming with a proper rundown and analysis of the Hugos in just over a week...but that’s a basic “making sense of it all” analysis.  There’s something I’ve noticed that I want to point out here.

People talk about narratives (and at least half the time I see it, it’s an attempt to rework reality in their favour), but there was one narrative that indeed came out – that protecting the Hugo Awards was also protecting the genre as a whole, and any attack on the Hugos was therefore an attack on the entire genre (hence all the articles about the Puppies trying to drag Science Fiction back in time).

The problem is that this interpretation just doesn’t hold any water.

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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-08-24 11:05
Subject: A quick reaction to the Hugo Awards and their aftermath...
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Location:In my chair
Tags:hugo awards, sad puppies
So, there is a Garwulf's Corner coming next week on this (and a double-length one too!), but I just wanted to get a couple of reactions to this last weekend's Hugo Awards down, for those who are interested.

First, the 2015 Hugos were a tragedy.  The only person who won was Vox Day, who got to watch entire categories burn (and who lamented that he didn't manage a "No Award" in seven categories).  To those who voted "No Award," congratulations - you got played like a pipe.  Honestly, did you really think that the man who put together a slate with the express purpose of burning down the Hugos actually wanted any selections to win?

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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-08-19 13:10
Subject: Garwulf's Corner #12...
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Location:In my chair
Tags:garwulf's corner, harassment, the escapist
And it's official - the new Garwulf's Corner is now up at the Escapist, and this time we take a hard look at just what online harassment will mean to the video games industry...
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-08-18 15:14
Subject: Fooling Garwulf #8: "Penn's Favorite Card Trick," and Props vs. Sleights
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Tags:magic, penn and teller fool us, the escapist
The new Fooling Garwulf is now up at The Escapist - this week, we look at props vs. sleights in magic...
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-08-11 15:12
Subject: Fooling Garwulf #7: ""Now THAT'S Bunny," and Making Audiences Care"
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Location:In my chair
Tags:escapist, magic, penn & teller fool us
The new Fooling Garwulf is up at The Escapist!  This week, we look at just what it takes to make an audience care...
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-08-08 15:01
Subject: Whitewashing history may be bad, but blackwashing it isn’t better
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Tags:ancient history, history, racism
On July 17, 2015, Counterpunch Magazine published “Hollywood and the Whitewashing of History,” by Alan McCluskey.  While McCluskey’s article began with an entirely reasonable exploration of the degree to which ancient Egyptian history has been whitewashed to present it as anything but African (and Egypt was indeed a North African empire), and noted the erasure of an Ethiopian king from our modern vision of the Trojan War, he quickly veers off into a discussion of history that is inaccurate and even offensive.

He begins with this statement: “The fact that Troy was if not an African colony then at least part of a large alliance of kingdoms stretching thousands of miles from deep inside the African interior to the periphery of Europe (and long before the dawn of the Roman Empire), has been all but eliminated from Western cultural memory.”

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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-08-05 14:17
Subject: Garwulf's Corner #11: Battlefield Contemplations
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Location:In my chair
Tags:garwulf's corner, the escapist, war
The new Garwulf's Corner is now live at The Escapist - this installment, we look at the experience of war, in all of its complexity...
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