What Mitski Tells Us About Capitalism and Art

I cry at the start of every Mitski song / I guess cause I wish I was making things too. Yeah, I know, very meta of me to almost quote the beginning of the song, but that line never ceases to amaze me. Mitski is describing the thought most artists have: the realization that youContinue reading “What Mitski Tells Us About Capitalism and Art”

Endings: Outer Wilds and the Inevitable

*Mild Spoilers for Outer Wilds1 ahead* I awakened by the campfire on Timber Hearth, my home, ascended to the launch site where a cobbled together ship stood, waiting to take me to the stars, a bright yellow sun encouraging me onward. Gingerly, I travelled outward and landed on the Hearthian moon. There, I meet EskerContinue reading “Endings: Outer Wilds and the Inevitable”

Series of essays on art and laziness as a form of rebellion

Wabi sabi and the picturesque The classic Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi is the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent, incomplete and broken. This concept is reflected in the west through the work of the William Gilpin. His writing responded to the grandfather of aesthetic-theory, Edmund Burke, who claimed that the key elements of beauty are smoothnessContinue reading “Series of essays on art and laziness as a form of rebellion”

Flash Fiction Competition 2022 – Second Place: A Lake of Hidden Wonders

by Noelani Luckas „There’s something in the water“, Ifna stated, crouching beside the dark lake that stretched out all the way to the horizon. From above, it was a bleak, black smudge in the landscape. Not that anyone actually dared to cross it, even from the sky.  Ifna touched the black water with her fingertips,Continue reading “Flash Fiction Competition 2022 – Second Place: A Lake of Hidden Wonders”

Join the Writer’s Block Board!

Writer’s Block Magazine is looking for fresh, enthusiastic and creative editorial board members! Do you like writing and editing? Do you have any journalistic aspirations? Then join the Writer’s Block editorial board! What/who is Writer’s Block? Writer’s Block Magazine is a student-run magazine at University of Amsterdam. We have an international readership and contributors fromContinue reading “Join the Writer’s Block Board!”

The History of West Africa

I don’t know about you, but if I had never lived in Africa until I was sixteen, I would not have known anything about African history. And I’m grateful every day that I learned British, Dutch and African history (also specifically Gambian history). Because of this, I thought I’d try to write a crash courseContinue reading “The History of West Africa”

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Storytelling

Artificial intelligence will be the future of storytelling because it will let authors tell stories in a way that’s never been possible before. However, it will take tremendous effort for authors to take advantage of this opportunity and develop content that’s valuable, engaging, and works well across mediums. Here are three key things to do:Continue reading “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Storytelling”

The Ruined Legacy of Game of Thrones: How House of the Dragon Might Redeem It

Game of Thrones is without a doubt the most influential TV show of the 2010s. Premiering in 2011, the series immediately grabbed the attention of viewers from all around the world for over 9 years, ending with its final season in 2019.  I didn’t watch Game of Thrones when it first aired as I wasContinue reading “The Ruined Legacy of Game of Thrones: How House of the Dragon Might Redeem It”

Cheap Thrills: the Unsettling Nature of Portal

I would like to preface this article by imploring that you play Portal, as my summary of the events and descriptions do not do the game justice, and the full experience can only truly be attained as a player. Recently I found myself unable to stop thinking about a 4-hour long puzzle game developed byContinue reading “Cheap Thrills: the Unsettling Nature of Portal”