To help myself remember how I felt about various things that I finished
Monday, December 1, 2014
I've never read any Joyce before. I've always hoped to try Ulysses one day, but Joyce has always seemed so intimidating. That's what I like so much about The Art of the Novella Series from Melville House Books... their choices are often like gateways to authors you might not have tried otherwise. At first I found the story perplexing -- just a simple story about a dinner party... but then, well, it takes a turn towards something unexpected. Nothing supernatural, as the title might intimate, but something unexpected. I can't say I've ever run into a story quite like it. It is very bold in its way, and it makes a thoughtful point about the strange powers that death has over the living, even while we still live. This simple story will stay with me a long time, I expect, and it has certainly opened the door for me to read Joyce's more well known works.
Jesse Schell has taught Game Design and led research projects at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (www.etc.cmu.edu) since 2002. Jesse is also the CEO of Pittsburgh’s largest videogame studio, Schell Games (www.schellgames.com), the author of The Art of Game Design: a book of lenses (www.artofgamedesign.com), and the former chairman of the International Game Developers Association (www.igda.org). In 2004, he was named one of the world’s Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s magazine of innovation.
Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, he was the Creative Director of the Disney Virtual Reality Studio, where he spent seven years as designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and Disney Online. Before that, he was a software engineer at IBM and Bell Communications Research, and a writer, director, performer, juggler, comedian, and circus artist for both Freihofer's Mime Circus and the Juggler's Guild. You can email him at jesse(at)schellgames.com.