An Ode to Wilde

If, with the literate, I amImpelled to try an epigram,I never seek to take the credit;We all assume that Oscar said it. — Dorothy Parker, 1927 My first encounter with Oscar Wilde’s writing was in sophomore year of high school when my English teacher announced that the next book we would be studying was The … More An Ode to Wilde

‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Makes Storytellers Out of Everyone

Three souls cross paths in a tavern. First the half-orc, strong and quiet, driven by power. Then the dragonborn, whose travels entertain an ever-growing curiosity. Lastly, the Aasimar, a celestial being seeking to stop destiny. An older man, a storyteller of sorts, informs them that what they are looking for is an abandoned house near … More ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Makes Storytellers Out of Everyone

Writer’s Block #44

We are very excited to share our 44th issue with all of you! Like our previous issue, this one is published exclusively online at least for the foreseeable future due to restrictions related to COVID-19. Many thanks to our amazingly talented contributors for sending us their creations! We hope that as we venture into an … More Writer’s Block #44

Flash Fiction Competition 2020 — Third Place

Writer’s Block is proud to announce the third place winner of our annual flash fiction competition: Casper Rudolph! The prompt was: “What are we going to do about the flesh-eating plant in our garden?” Check out what Casper came up with below! Arjuno and Pohon Iblisby Casper Rudolph In a second-hand bookshop in Jakarta, Eefje … More Flash Fiction Competition 2020 — Third Place

How ‘Waking Life’ Helped Me Accept My Chaos

“And on really romantic evenings of self, I go salsa dancing with my confusion.”  -Timothy “Speed” Levitch, Waking Life Waking Life (2001), a relatively hidden cinematic gem, is a movie directed by Richard Linklater. The main character is a young man who passes through life in a dream state, feeling detached from his dreams and … More How ‘Waking Life’ Helped Me Accept My Chaos

Free Will and Machinery: The US Justice System Has Nothing to Do with It

Choosing a Jury: Time for a Peer Review This article is going to present a thought experiment I’ve imagined and spent time thinking about based on the concept of free will in order to explore how machinery could put this concept into question. Black Mirror is an instance of such contemporary reflections, where previous ideas … More Free Will and Machinery: The US Justice System Has Nothing to Do with It