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!”

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”

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”

“One day we’re gonna get there”: Anitta and Brazilians reach top charts

Larissa de Macedo Machado, popularly known by her artistic name – Anitta – is a well-known Brazilian singer. She started to engage herself in her music career at only seven years old, by singing at a catholic church choir in Rio de Janeiro. After posting a YouTube video in 2010, the singer was invited toContinue reading ““One day we’re gonna get there”: Anitta and Brazilians reach top charts”

Olivia Rodrigo and the Beauty of Teen Music

Despite how personal some popular music may feel, it is almost always a group effort. Large record labels have much invested in artists and won’t let them fumble around creating whatever they please. True, untouched, individual music, with a few exceptions, can only really be found on the fringes of the music industry’s fiscal scale.Continue reading “Olivia Rodrigo and the Beauty of Teen Music”

Book Review – Normal People by Sally Rooney

This January, I picked up a copy of the novel Normal People by Sally Rooney whilst visiting my family back home in hopes to get out of my reading slump that was lasting longer than I care to admit. I had heard from several friends who read it that they loved it, and although IContinue reading “Book Review – Normal People by Sally Rooney”

Kid Icarus: Uprising, Revival of a Franchise but Revival of a Myth?

Last time I went on a bit of a romantic tangent talking about Kid Icarus 1986 and how it adapts the Greek myth of Perseus, leaving the more obvious comparisons to other Greek myths for this piece. Namely how the protagonist of the series, Pit, looks a lot like Eros, better known by his LatinContinue reading “Kid Icarus: Uprising, Revival of a Franchise but Revival of a Myth?”

Procrastination and Productivity

© Rose Wong Everything in my life feels like a chore that I need to check off my list.  I like sleeping as much as the next person. It’s generally one of the most prominent practices in a human being’s life; according to some studies the average person spends about a third of their lifetime,Continue reading “Procrastination and Productivity”

Living With Chronic Pain

Source One of my earliest memories is from kindergarten, when I was four years old. After lunch, we used to lay down for a nap in our classroom and sleep for a few hours. I remember my head hurting so much that I could not fall asleep, every single time. The headaches continued for theContinue reading “Living With Chronic Pain”

Revisiting “Her” Through a Posthumanist Lens: How Machines Can Teach Us How To Love

Her (2013) tells a melancholic story of a recent divorcee, Theodore, (Joaquin Phoenix) who after months of heartbreak falls in love with his operating system, Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johanson). Unlike most futuristic films, Her is set in a city not so different from the ones we know, and filled with a warm and softContinue reading “Revisiting “Her” Through a Posthumanist Lens: How Machines Can Teach Us How To Love”