ANALYSIS: The Last Jedi, Failure, and How Not to Write a Story (Part 1 of 5)

There are plenty of things wrong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly advise you not to.  If you like Star Wars, this film insultingly treats you like a retard and seems to have been written by people who haven’t seen any of the previous eight films that bear the title—not even The Force Awakens.  If you dislike Star Wars already, the film isn’t coherent enough to be appropriate as an attack on the franchise, either.  Worse than being a jumbled, incompetent mess, the film seems to be a joke at the audience’s expense, treating them mostly as idiots too stupid to notice contradictions in what is said versus what is depicted. Continue reading “ANALYSIS: The Last Jedi, Failure, and How Not to Write a Story (Part 1 of 5)”

We Don’t Want Your Kind of Books Here

An open letter was recently published on a site dedicated to news and links for children’s literature.  It’s author was a young school librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, head held slouched with ideas of social justice and community programming oriented toward children.  That’s hardly newsworthy.  What is worth a mention, however, is the content of her letter: a seemingly polite letter in reaction to the First Lady’s decision to send a bundle of Dr. Seuss books out to the highest-achieving schools in each state. Continue reading “We Don’t Want Your Kind of Books Here”

A Few Brief Words on Poetry

What, exactly, is poetry?  The Modern world has no answer to that question, just as it has no answer to what, exactly, a novel is, or what, exactly, a symphony is, or what, exactly, a portrait is.  In each case, it has made room for appeals to the old forms of artwork accessible as nostalgic throw-backs to a period which its denizens barely understand; such appeals, however, are inescapably marred by irony, pompousness, and frequently border on kitsch. Continue reading “A Few Brief Words on Poetry”

Yes, Popular Culture Really Has Gotten Worse

In case you think you’re imagining things, we here at QNUW are ready to validate the fears you didn’t know you had: yes, the popular culture that you live and breathe has degraded beyond recognition, and it’s probably happened within your lifetime.  You might be thinking to yourself, how is that possible?  How could things really be that bad?  Or heck, you don’t even watch movies or own a TV, so what difference does it make?  All good questions. Continue reading “Yes, Popular Culture Really Has Gotten Worse”

On Writing and How to Write, in Brief

Writing is tough.  I’ve been doing it for years, and from experience, I can tell you that only the most superficial elements of it get any easier.  Like any skill or craft, the more you do it, the easier certain technical aspects become; the real art of it, though—the purpose behind each piece—remains just as difficult to develop after fifteen years as it did at first.  Anyone who makes claims to the contrary is either pulling your leg, trying to sell you something, or is a uniquely terrible writer. Continue reading “On Writing and How to Write, in Brief”

A Brief Book Guide (Part I)

As traditionalism, conservatism, the alt-right, libertarianism, and “classical liberalism” have been gaining footing around internet communities and college-aged kids these days, disenfranchised young right-wingers may find themselves awash in a culture of lies and contradictions without any stable footing.  What is the right wing, and is it for me?  How do I escape this leftist nonsense?  How can I even identify the things that are wrong when the whole system seems wrong?  If these questions sound familiar, then you’ve come to the right place.  If they don’t sound familiar, that’s fine; you’re in the right place anyway. Continue reading “A Brief Book Guide (Part I)”

The Nobel Prize for Literature: Prestigious Award, or Complicated Edifice of Irony?

Ah, it’s that time of year again, when the literature fanatics squirm from their holes in the dusty backrooms of universities and internet forums everywhere to cry about the newest addition to the pantheon of Nobel Literature Prize winners.  What’s that?  You didn’t realize that this was a specific time of year?  That’s because it isn’t; it’s only getting attention this year because of the particular choice in laureate. Continue reading “The Nobel Prize for Literature: Prestigious Award, or Complicated Edifice of Irony?”

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