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Episode 140 – Interview with Denise Tanaka

enise Tanaka has just finished a fascinating view of the turn-of-the-century marriage and life of writer Louise Cann and artist Yasushi Tanaka – at a time when it was frowned on for an American woman to marry a foreigner. She tells us all about research and writing this story, which is a fascinating insight into both the history of women’s rights and the treatment of mixed marriages at the time. Enjoy! … Continue…Episode 140 – Interview with Denise Tanaka

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Episode 91 – A Psychological Model for Character Building

In this episode, Dave, Chaz, and John briefly discuss character development using the “Big Five” model of personality before haring off on a number of predictable tangents. Also in this episode: everything Dave knows about factor analysis and psychological modeling (tl;dr: psychology is squishy); what Chaz doesn’t know about “Aspects of the Novel:” by E.M. Forster (quite a bit, and seemingly proud of it); and John reminds Chaz to panic about being replaced by a computer. Also: MFAs are a dodgy proposition; the academic wing of the Tolkien industry; Freud sucks (Dave again); and how pantsing yourself into a corner is like failing to solve a Sudoku. Finally, a plea: “plotting” is fine, but can we please find an alternative to “pantsing”?! … Continue…Episode 91 – A Psychological Model for Character Building