Ask @RonanWills:

You know, with all the reviews you've done of books, where you put fragments of the text in many of them, I'm pretty surprised you haven't received any copyright claims, as far as I know. Is it because publishing houses haven't read your blog or just because of luck?

I don't know if publishers actually care about that. If they do, they almost certainly haven't seen my blog. My readership is very small.

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I've found out that one of my coworkers is a neo Nazi. So far, he hasn't openly shared his views on Nazism, nor does he seem to do anything illegal. Still, I don't really know how to interact with him, or how to process the fact if his ideology. Any advice?

Depends on what your interactions with him are like.
Nazis and their ilk often love getting challenged, because it gives them a chance to grandstand and some of them are good at winning debates (or appearing to). If you can get away with just not interacting with the guy, that's probably the way to go, for your own sake
If that's not an option, I'd go to HR or a manager or whatever you've got in your workplace and tell them you don't feel comfortable working with Mr Nazi. If you've got some sort of proof of his views, they might just fire him and solve the problem that way.
I was briefly in an office environment where one guy didn't want to be around another guy due to opinions he held (among other things). Our manager was sympathetic and worked out something that both kept the peace and made the first guy happy, but she actually cared about her employees, which seems like an uncommon situation.

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I don't know if you're paying attention to the Bohemian Rhapsody film, but it's being criticized because it will not show Freddie Mercury as gay and will not say anything about AIDS. That's a huge part of FM personality, so you'd think the movie will be any good after that? Probably not.

I knew about the AIDS thing, but I didn't know they were leaving his sexuality out of it completely. That seems, uh. Not good.
Based on the trailers, it will probably end up like most airbrushed biographical movies of famous people, in that it will get generally favorable reviews, be hailed by a few big-name critics as The Best Movie Of The Year, and then vanish from view the moment it stops playing in cinemas.

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Are you going to repeat another let's talk endlessly of a famous fantasy series? You could do it about the earthsea books, seeing they're popular again because the author passed away. (I know you're sick, so of course don't be pressured.)

To be honest, I have no idea. A lot will depend on my health; I wouldn't start another big project like a Let's Read the way I am now (the Kvothe books have the advantage that I've covered them before), but I might be up to something smaller.
As usual, I've got more ideas for blog posts than I have the time or energy to actually write. There's a range of topics I'd like to cover, the question is whether anyone wants to read it.
And I probably wouldn't do Earthsea since I remember liking those, and the big ol' read through format works best for bad things.

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Can you recommend good political intrigue books?

No, but I have a strange fascination with terrible right-wing American political thrillers. There's a whole series whose protagonist is named "Rail Black". As in, first name Rail, second name Black.
I haven't actually read any of them, but as far as I can tell they consist entirely of clichés.

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Back in the good ole bloggin' days, you reviewed Otherbound and said that maybe you'd check out the author's other work. If you did, what's the verdict?

I completely forgot that I read Otherbound until I read this question, so no.
But I heard good things about On The Edge of Gone when it came out without realizing it was by the same author, so that's going on my Amazon wishlist I guess.

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"TVtropes and MST3K are rotting people's brains and must be destroyed." You know it's not their fault, right? That's like saying videogames should be destroyed because they make people violent. The fault is on the people. MST3K is fine for what it is.

MST3K sucks and is Bad Actually.
In addition to creating the hyper nit-picky mode of viewing that now dominates certain corners of the internet, it led to a generation of Youtube movie critics sticking unfunny skits into their videos. For this crime, it must be erased from history.

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Now that I think about it, I don't think you've written anything about poetry, only fiction and non-fiction. Is that your thing? Are there shitty poets worth riping apart? Or good ones you could recommend?

I stopped reading poetry as soon as I was no longer required to do so. I should really get back into it some time.

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Do you know that in the Kingkiller Chronicle subreddit there are people who put links to your analysis of the Kvothe books and argue whether you're correct or full of shit? How do you feel about that?

Shrug, I guess? None of it ever turned into people brigading the blog or harassing me on Twitter or anything, so whatever. I'd occasionally get people Kool-Aid-Manning into the comments of four year old blog posts with gigantic, detailed rebuttals, but they never stuck around when I didn't reply.

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If you feel comfortable talking about it, what is your health problem? Did something hit you in the back or in the head? Was it a car accident? At least that's what I gather from the symptoms you mention in your blog.

Yep, it was a (minor) car crash. I wasn't injured at the time but it caused a fun array of neurological symptoms in the aftermath.

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Maybe you'd like to write something about the new winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature? I mean, besides that blog entry about his latest novel.

I would, but to be honest my interest in Ishiguro pretty much stops and starts with Never Let Me Go, which is one of my favourite books of all time.
I mean, I could certainly write about Never Let Me Go and its film adaptation. I might in fact do that, when I get around to revisiting it some time.
Meanwhile, if you haven't read Never Let Me Go you should read Never Let Me Go. The movie's good too.

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Do you think that practice makes perfect? I mean, if that were true, Sanderson would be a writing genius, with all those book-bricks he produces. It's obvious some people need more than practice.

I can't speak to this personally, but I've heard that the process of building some creative skills changes dramatically once you go professional. When you're just writing for your own enjoyment, you can take as long as you need; when you're doing it for money, deadlines and other restrictions come into play.
Sanderson is ridiculously prolific and writes huge books. I would not be surprised if that lends itself to a creative process that emphasizes getting the books out the door first and improving The Craft second.
More widely, I think there are a lot of authors who arguably get worse as their careers progress. Continual practice might improve their theoretical skill ceiling (as far as it's possible to determine that for something as subjective as creative writing) but a million different factors--including personal ones that you or I might have no knowledge of--can affect the quality of their actual output.

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What do you think of dah greatest anime evah Cowboy Bebop? Do you love it? Does it love you back?

Cowboy Bebop and I can never truly love each other, as it is not, in fact, the greatest anime ever.
Yeah, it's good. I just never quite liked it as much as a lot of western anime fans seem to. At the time it started airing on Cartoon Network, my tastes in anime were starting to crystallize and mature as I left series like DBZ and Pokemon behind, and they settled in a very different direction to Cowboy Bebop's general style and tone (a style that has not aged particularly well, although it's not nearly as embarrassing to look at now as something like Trigun).
This is kind of par for the course for me--I got into anime with a lot of the same "gateway drugs" as western fans my age, but most of the older-skewing series that people moved onto afterwards left me pretty cold, and I ended up going for less popular stuff (with the exception of Evangelion).

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How did you manage to spend time with this blog whole doing a college course? When I was in college me and pretty much everyone in class didn't have much free time.

Most of my prolific blogging was done during a part-time course, and the Kvothe posts happened while I was doing a lab project full-time and therefore didn't have assignments and things to work on.
If you noticed my blog output dipping during 2015/16, that's because I was in a master's program.

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I know you shat on the Amazing Atheist a while back and it got me wondering, do you plan to jump your content to video format and tear apart the arguments of "intellectuals" like him?

I've considered various kinds of Video Content ("media criticism and also arguing with assholes online" seems to be becoming a popular genre, oddly), but health problems preclude me from working on anything at the moment. Maybe when I'm better.

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Have you ever encountered people who say they read those Literature Classics when they were kids and understood them perfectly? I think they're just show-offs. Many of those books have very adult dilemmas--at that age I wouldn't have related to what Jane Eyre or Gatsby were feeling.

I think in cases like this, people usually understand the books through a child's perspective and then later, when they read them as adults, superimpose their adult perspective onto their younger self without realizing it.
At least, that's what's happened to me a lot of times.

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I've seen Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I swear it looks like the director has read your commentary --or, at least, a commentary similar to yours--, because the sequel really looks like how you wanted the first movie to be, for the most part. I suggest watching it cautiously.

I forgot until I read this question that I actually wrote something about the first Guardians of the Galaxy.
Maybe I'll go see it? I've been super bored and unimpressed with the last few Marvel movies I watched, and going to the cinema is kind of an ordeal at the moment due to health issues.

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I think you said sometimes that you had a prolonged college education. Was it because you started a course and didn't finish it? I ask that because it happened to me and I'm looking for advice as to choose a right course so that I don't abandon it again. (If you feel comfortable talking about it)

I did drop out of the very first course I started after a few months, but later stuck with my undergrad even though I knew about halfway through that it wasn't what I was going to be working in.
I'm glad I dropped out the first time because I would have been miserable, and I'm glad I stuck out the undergrad because just having the bachelor's degree opened doors I wouldn't have gotten into otherwise.
My advice: if you find something that's at least tolerable, see it through to the end because having that degree really makes a difference, but don't stay somewhere that's draining your soul if leaving for greener pastures is feasible.

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