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Middle Earth and The Perils of Worldbuilding

Middle Earth And The Perils Of Worldbuilding

I’ve long been a fan of Evan Puschak’s YouTube channel, The Nerd Writer. I like to be challenged, and I appreciate his scholarly approach to all manner of topics. So when I saw he did his most recent episode on world building—something near and dear to my own heart—I knew it’d be something I shared. Give it a watch below:

The comments on the video are really good (yeah, I know!) and I recommend reading some of the discussion happening over on YouTube. Also, I highly encourage you to read M. John Harrison’s essay on worldbuilding as it serves as a basis for a lot of Pucschak’s argument.

So, what do you think? Is world building the “the great clomping foot of nerdism” as Harrison alleges? Do you agree with Puschak’s assessment; is world building potentially dangerous? Or do you have a different take? Leave a comment below, or, better yet, join in the discussion on YouTube →

Old Broken Playlist

Old Broken Playlist

Old Broken Road launches next Tuesday! We’re officially only one week away! So, to tide you over until it’s launch I have assembled a playlist of songs that helped inspire the book. It available to listen for free everywhere:

Check out the full playlist on Rdio ≫
Spotify | YouTube

Below is the full tracklist. Click on an artist name to find out more about that specific musician/band or click the song title to listen to that particular song on YouTube. I’ve tried to link to Wikipedia articles, but my taste is eclectic so if a band doesn’t have a Wiki page I tried to find the next best link.

  1. Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
  2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat The Devils Tattoo
  3. Future Islands – Spirit
  4. Family Wagon – Hard Times
  5. The Avett Brothers – Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise
  6. Steve Earle – I Feel Alright
  7. Shearwater – Breaking the Yearlings
  8. Dead Man’s Bones – Lose Your Soul
  9. The Black Angels – Evil Things
  10. Papa Mali – Sugarland
  11. Mourning Ritual – Bad Moon Rising
  12. Woodkid – Stabat Mater
  13. Royal Blood – Out of the Black
  14. The Cave Singers – Dancing on our Graves
  15. Okkervil River – The Valley
  16. Townes Van Zandt – Nothin’
  17. Matthew and the Atlas – I Followed Fires
  18. Karen Elson – Stolen Roses
  19. The Mountain Goats – Psalms 40:2
  20. Mark Lanegan – Gray Goes Black
  21. Buck 65 – Who By Fire
  22. Louis Armstrong – Life is so Peculiar
  23. Bruce Peninsula – Crabapples
  24. Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
  25. Johnnyswim –  Don’t Let It Get You Down
  26. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  27. TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
  28. The Eels – Fresh Blood
  29. The Dead Weather – So Far From Your Weapons
  30. Jace Everett – Burn for You
  31. The Stray BirdsHeavy Hands

As with the playlist for The Stars Were Right, I had a blast putting this together. It is interesting for me to listen to them side by side. I think each does a good job in carrying the tone of the book. You don’t have to take my word for it. You can find out what I mean when Old Broken Road drops next week. ;-)

What do you think? Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below or shoot me an email and let me know. I would love the feedback!