Darren Brockes

I’m a writer and designer. Usually, those feel like the same job. I’m interested in language, education and storytelling, all intersecting in identity development.

Xenotopia

In order to reconfigure the identity of the school building, some work must be done to break down its static purpose as a building and reconstitute it with the willfulness of a living being. Surprisingly, Karl Marx’s treatment of commodities and alienation can be useful for this.

Ceremonies for Trophy Gold

Ceremonies are functionally written like monsters. One has a Complexity instead of Endurance, one to six Natures instead of Habits, Corruptions instead of Defenses and a Clarifier instead of a Weakness.

Leering at Reflections

Following Pine’s style of sensational narrative, I will establish the communities of meth user-producers in my imagination as an outsider looking in to those communities.

We Are What We Eat

Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels sets out an expansive history to build a simple model to explain wide ranging, cultural shifts or value system adoptions based on the three titular arrangements of a society.

Metaphysics and Online Poker

Natasha Dow Schüll’s “Abiding Chance: Online Poker and the Software of Self-Discipline” studies the peculiarities of playing poker online from the perspective of three players and the community as a whole through various blog and news posts.