‘The opposite of play is depression,’ and other theories on gamification

CW: Mentions of depression In “Ender’s Game,” kids play war games under the expectation that they are training. In reality, they are fighting a war. Without knowing it, they commit xenocide. What are the real stakes to the games we play? Dr. Jane McGonigal, director of game research and development

Read more

Sarah Lewis on three traits of creative success: Mastery, privation, and grit

In 1926, Shadrack Emanuel Lee was in the 11th grade at a public school in Brooklyn and wanted to know why his textbooks presented the concept of “excellence” in only one way. He wanted to know where African Americans were, where Latinos and indigenous Native Americans were — “where the

Read more

Academy award-winning director Lonergan speaks at Pomona

“There are some exceptions –– but the general Hollywood process is to make scripts into mincemeat.” Kenneth Lonergan is a filmmaker with a distinct voice. He knows what he likes and he knows what he doesn’t; he knows what he’s capable of and what he isn’t; he tries to pursue

Read more