I’m Michael Lutz, a PhD candidate in English literature at Indiana University Bloomington. I am also an independent game designer and interactive fiction writer. My interests include early modern drama, especially that of Shakespeare and his cohort, as well as theories of media and posthumanism. My dissertation, “Unhuman Encounters in Early Modern Drama,” looks at the intersections of early modern drama, posthumanist theory, and Renaissance humanism to reassess the relationship between London stage and the notions of “humanity” it produced.
I’ve maintained this blog since I was an undergraduate; here I write about videogames, as well as link my own games. I also occasionally publish short essays on topics ranging from Shakespeare and early modern studies to horror fiction and films. More frequently, I microblog on Twitter, developing “hot takes” on current events, shouting weird jokes, and trying to figure out what it means to be a public intellectual in the age of social media.
WHY IS YOUR BLOG CALLED “CORRELATED CONTENTS”
I took the name from the story The Call of Cthulhu, by H.P. Lovecraft. He is one of my favorite writers who is not Shakespeare, though I think there is a lot to keep in mind about him and his work. Anyway, here is the quote:
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
Anyway, if you want to get in touch with me, here’s my email address: