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Names, Fantasy, and Witchburner [37]

Ighn’y Hormkvst smiled coldly as they surveyed the ruin of Ifth Takwarda. The last city state of the akhpaeen lay before them, tumbled by his cannon golems, the a’kopst-ravn’een, those who bring the fire of purification. Thousands. Hundreds of thousands called them the abomination, the scourge of civilization, the ti’vrekk-kopta. But there was nothing to […]

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Howl at the River of Steel [36]

Yesterday I drove my wife to the nearest decent international airport, Venice’s Marco Polo. It’s a drive of 172 kilometres, just under two hours if you have the luck of fools and the speed of a zephyr. It’s better to assume three, because Traffic is a god that loves no man. And loves man less […]

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After Writing the Ultraviolet Grasslands [35]

On Friday the weather threatened rain. Pregnant, cumulous clouds in shades of gray, slate, and purple rose above the border and tumbled across the sky. A dull wind blew and rustled the leaves on the vine as I plucked grapes to eat in my parents’ yard. The sky growled. I looked up as a drop […]

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34 Wish You Were Here

The Dead Land In early 1990 I was a kid living in Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania, with my expat Yugoslav parents, and I was very proud of my country. That country, Yugoslavia, existed in 1990, occupying about 250 thousand square kilometres of southern Europe. About half the size of France, if you want comparisons. […]

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33 Fatso

Second Lunch I had a doting grandmother. She came to live with us when I was still very young and helped my mother with childcare. I missed out on most of kindergarten, but I thought that was alright. In the mornings I would look down from our balcony and see the other children in the […]

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31 Rotten Dot: Workplace Bullying at a Swiss Startup Company

It was December 2015, a little over two years ago. In my dream I woke up in the middle of the night, next to my girlfriend. There, at the foot of our bed, was Mr. Pebble,* the director of the EMEA branch of Dot, the event app company I worked for as the design manager. […]

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30 In Savage Lands

On the 22nd of February, Bastien Wauthoz aka. Acritarche, wrote to me about illustrating a series of cards for En Terres Sauvages, crowdfunded as a supplementary goal to Bastien’s French translation of the Perilous Wilds by Jason Lute. I agreed, and sixteen scenes to illustrate arrived in my inbox. This will be easy, I thought. […]

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29 The Ungamed Life

I learned the alphabet and how to read when I was three years old with a computer game. I had to match pictures and letters to the angular marks on the stubby rubber keys of the ZX Spectrum 8-bit personal home computer that my father brought home to Yugoslavia from a business trip to London. […]

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28 The Fear in Our Heads

He sidles up to you in your facebook feed and explains how there is no gender pay gap. He bribes you with a beer at the picnic and then dives into an article he’s read about how colonialism helped Africa. He waddles over and bear hugs you, hot dog in hand, then explains how the […]

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27 Design and Korea 8: Grandma’s Capitalist Luncheon

In May of 2013 I drove a Spanish German car on a day trip to the Bourgogne with an English Briton and a Russian Estonian. After sightseeing in the Jura mountains we concluded that they are indeed lower and less impressive than the Alps. We had worked up an appetite and decided now was the […]