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  2. waxunpleasant said: John, do you play d&d? what's your favourite class?

    johndarnielle:

    I played one session in junior high and was immediately killed by a ghost. The DM told me “you can’t fight this ghost, your HP are too low” but I didn’t really get the game at all and felt, philosophically, that every dog must have his day and anyone in battle stands your classic fighting chance. This was not the case and I was immediately killed by a ghost. I don’t hold it against the ghost he was just doing his thing.

    I did start playing games when I was revising Wolf and now I have a weekly gaming night and we just played through a D&D dungeon I’m a Druid. I don’t have a “favorite class” though, it’s fantasy, part of the pleasure is trying on different skins to see how they feel — that’s really the point, right? If I play the same class all the time, then I’m really not exploring in the way I’d like to. That said, any character I play is probably going to express an interest in religion and magic, because, you know, me. 

     

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  4. Also shout out to Vox.com for doing great context centric coverage.

     

  5. nevver:

    “Reality exists so we can speculate about it.” — Slavoj Žižek

     

  6. thelandofmaps:

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  8. If you’re going to try not just to depict the way a culture’s bound and defined by mediated gratification and image, but somehow to redeem it, or at least fight a rearguard against it, then what you’re going to be doing is paradoxical. You’re at once allowing the reader to sort of escape self by achieving some sort of identification with another human psyche — the writer’s, or some character’s, etc. — and you’re also trying to antagonize the reader’s intuition that she is a self, that she is alone and going to die alone. You’re trying somehow both to deny and affirm that the writer is over here with his agenda while the reader’s over there with her agenda, distinct. This paradox is what makes good fiction sort of magical, I think. The paradox can’t be resolved, but it can somehow be mediated — “re-mediated,” since this is probably where poststructuralism rears its head for me — by the fact that language and linguistic intercourse is, in and of itself, redeeming, remedying.
    — David Foster Wallace on writing, death, and redemption (via explore-blog)

    (Source: , via explore-blog)

     


  9. You need something to be in awe of. You, the person reading this. If you don’t have something, you’ll create it. You’ll obsess over a girl or a guy, you’ll obsess over money, you’ll obsess over World of Warcraft. You will be defined by what you choose to worship, but you will worship something, and your whole life will be a steady parade of various people trying to convince you that they or their product are just the thing to fill that void.
    — David Wong (via cracked)

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  10. When the axe came into the Forest, the trees said “The handle is one of us.”
    — Turkish Proverb (via thirstymuslim)

    (Source: indefensible, via knives-with-hammers)

     

  11. saatchiart:

    Inspiring Flare III
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    United States
    Original: $800

     

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  15. mikevanceart:

    Some sketches of my D&D character. Had a hard time not drawing him for awhile. I’m attached.