Death By Utopia

Death by Utopia is an amazing essay tethering between the boundaries of truth and fiction. It brings to light scientific research and experiments that expounds the potential horrors of urban overcrowding in the very near future. This is definitely one of scariest things I’ve read in a while, considering that I live in one of the most crowded cities in the world. Thumbs up!


In the late 20th Century, John B. Calhoun decided to make Utopia; it started with rats. In 1947 he began to watch a colony of Norway rats, over 28 months he noticed something, in that time the population could have increased to 50,000 rats, but instead it never rose above 200. Then he noticed that the colony split into smaller groups of 12 at most. He continued to study rats up until 1954. Then in 1958, he made his first lab.

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How To Spice Up Dialogue


Great article on the subtleties of writing good dialogue. I actually used to write with the thesaurus open so that I could come up with ten different ways to say “said” and “asked”. Just another classic case of over thinking the writing process again. I’m glad I read this article.

Guilty as charged on every single mistake mentioned in here. Particularly number 2.

2. Don’t explain the content of the dialogue.

Stop using -ly verbs such as “I’m afraid it’s not going well,” he said grimly.” This bit explains and is condescending. Grimness can come across by what you say and do–word choice, body language, and context rather than by how you say it. Avoid those telling adverbs that end in -ly. Take out all forms of “suddenly” out of you writing.

Examples: Percy burst into the zoo keeper’s office. Their callous mistreatment was killing the wombats and she wasn’t going to stand for it.

“Is something wrong, sir?” the zoo keeper said.

“Don’t you realize you’re killing those poor innocent creatures, you heartless fascist? Percy yelled.

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