On MLK Day, I’d like to highly recommend the graphic novel “March” by John Lewis. I was awe-struck by the courage of the SNCC and the freedom riders. It also explores the complexity of the disagreements within & between various civil rights movements. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29844341-march
99% Invisible with a look at the design & storytelling of Magic The Gathering: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/gathering-the-magic/
Austin Walker’s new year’s reflection on politics, chess, and strategy games. https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/nepg5d/in-2019-we-need-to-learn-how-to-break-a-perpetually-tied-game
Books I read in 2018: https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/10570899
A fact that is obvious in retrospect but that I hadn’t considered before: there are TLDs for countries that don’t exist anymore. Soviet Union (.su), Yugoslavia (.yu), East Germany (.dd), Czechoslovakia (.cs) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su
"Valiant Hearts: The Great War" by Ubisoft Montpellier is a game that humanizes the war, and conveys a nuanced anti-war message while honouring the common soldiers and civilians who sacrificed and fought. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq0r0zpj35M
The "Blueprint for Armageddon" podcast series. Dan Carlin has a particular talent for inviting listeners to experience historical events from the perspective of those who lived them. What was their world view? What motivated their decisions? What are the first-hand accounts from primary sources? https://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-50-blueprint-for-armageddon-i/
Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August" is a gripping narrative that covers the decision to go to war (where the momentum of war plans & events on the ground overtook leaders) up to the "Miracle of the Marne" which forced the stalemate and led to years of trench warfare. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40779082-the-guns-of-august
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Observed a trend on my reading list: minimalist black and red on beige is the official colour scheme of depressing modern non-fiction.
Game designer at Naughty Dog, software engineer, Canadian abroad.
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