Spencer Yan

On suicide, survival games, and going on and on and on and on

On Ghost of Tsushima, and the manufactured sublime

An examination of violence as ideology across Ubisoft’s major franchises

Crime and consequence in The Commission: OC

When I was very young — and appropriately foolish — I entertained at length fantasies of becoming a career criminal. I had watched one too many heist films (ironically pilfered from the local library, since my parents wouldn’t let me view…

A reading of God in Francis Bacon’s The New Atlantis

At the centre of Francis Bacon’s utopian final work The New Atlantis is a house: the House of Salomon. Considered by the inhabitants of the kingdom to be “the noblest foundation (as we think) that ever was upon the earth; and the lanthron of this kingdom”, the House of Salomon…

The ghosts of Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Spencer Yan

Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger.

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