What will Millennials Kill Next?: A not-scientific but very heartfelt analysis

There are few things that make me angrier than the assumption that millennials are killing industries. Even though is a widely claimed notion used for sensationalist economic headlines, millennials aren't killing industries--industries are killing themselves. Why? Because they haven't bothered to understand millennials.

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10 Reasons Why Stranger Things is Successful Horror

I binge-watched all of Stranger Things this week--all seventeen fifty-minute episodes in seven days. And while I found I didn't like season two as much as the first one, I was very impressed with the show's beginning. As someone who has watched probably more than three hundred horror movies, I feel like I have a lot to say on all the little pieces that came together to make Stranger Things season one succeed.

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Why I hate the word "Problematic"--a brief diatribe

If there were one word in the English language that I could magically erase from existence in both speaking and text, it would be "problematic" because there is no other word I find so aggressively annoying. The reasons why I find the word "problematic" cough problematic, are many. But the most insidious answer is that I don't believe it actually means anything.

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How We Steal and How We Share: the exchange of goods vs. ideas—A recap of the legendary Fourth Street panel

The fantasy genre can make the exchange of goods seem clean and uncomplicated. This manifests as trading posts where goods have easy GP sums attached to them—exchanged without fight, ritual, or resentment—or as unlikely bartering systems highly dependent on what a character desires immediately—i.e. three chickens for a hammer. But how likely is it that a hammer-seller will desire to trade for specifically chickens?

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How to make fifty enemies in five minutes: a secret Fourth Street seminar led by Steven Brust

In this time of Dumpster Fire and covfefe, we can look to the beginning of Fourth Street Fantasy for yet another disaster: in a surprise speech unforeseen by the convention chairs, Steven Brust, writer and hat wearer, gave a purposefully antagonizing speech in which he outlined how Fourth Street Fantasy shouldn't be a "safe space" because it was everyone's duty to “feel threatened."

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