Human reality is a funny thing. Society, as a whole, behaves differently from individuals – yet is made up of them. Understanding people, individually and en masse, is the raison d’etre of the social sciences. And it strikes me that conceptual realities of human nature often emerge in front of our noses, often in microcosm. I … More Learning the dark truth of the human condition
When I was at Tamatea High School in Napier, years ago, one of the gangs of bullies who prowled the place always greeted me the same way. “Here comes Wright. He must die!” Usually it was posed as a public question: “Hello Wright, do you want to die?” It was a daily event. I wasn’t … More Are humans bullies by nature?
This week’s really obscure English word is dysphemism. This is when a derogatory word has been obviously used instead of a pleasant one in a sentence. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017
I have always been intrigued by the way we elevate specialists. Anybody prominent in one of half a dozen fields that western society exalts is, we are told, somebody to be looked up to, and who are never wrong. That’s particularly true of medical specialists particularly, where – certainly here in New Zealand – their … More When specialists fail – spectacularly
The second Endless Worlds compilation – which includes my novella ‘The Last Citadel of the Innocent’ – is described by the publisher as eight stories of dark faerie. That’s ‘faerie’ – not ‘fairy’. The first spelling is way darker – and that’s appropriate. Fairy stories – the modern term for what were traditionally folk tales … More Faerie tales, magic and symbolism
My latest story, ‘The Last Citadel of the Innocent’, is published this week in the second Endless Worlds compilation, along with stories by seven other authors. Just before finalising the text, the publisher got hold of all the authors and asked them to supply a promotional logline. What’s that? It’s the single sentence that sums … More Can you invent a logline for my latest story?
Last week’s discovery of yet more unstable cliff-side tells me the Manawatu Gorge is at its use-by date as a road. Damn – it’s a fantastic scenic area. I’m not surprised. It’s one of the few places in the world where a river goes through a mountain range – and the river, the Manawatu, was … More Nature always bites back, puny humans!