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  • "Contrived" is a word that is meant to signal how games are synthetic, created by people.

    Against Exceptionalism: A New Approach to Games

  • "Contrived" can be a dangerous word to apply to a story, because, though all stories are contrived in some way or another, people like their stories to feel like a window on a possible world, even though, if we pause to stop for a moment and think about it, we know we're being sold a bag of air.

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  • "Contrived" can be a dangerous word to apply to a story, because, though all stories are contrived in some way or another, people like their stories to feel like a window on a possible world, even though, if we pause to stop for a moment and think about it, we know we're being sold a bag of air.

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  • "Contrived" shows up in many reviews, even the positive ones.

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  • Robert Gibbs Gets Testy with Press; Says They "Contrived"

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  • Contrived in that it would lack supporting memories, such as having been in San Francisco.

    World Wide Mind

  • Contrived in that it would lack supporting memories, such as having been in San Francisco.

    World Wide Mind

  • Contrived group dancing meant the probability of a handsome guy asking me to dance was nada, but the bigger problem was my feet.

    Glimpses: Cuernavaca, Mexico, June 2005

  • Contrived to be self-effacing, the book and its author have received kind reviews and interviews, like the one recently in The New York Times that reveals a gushing bouquet of envy by a writer who appears to fondly wish she, too, had parked her shoes at the foot of Kennedy's bed, any bed.

    Warren Adler: Chick Lit is Dead, Lover Lit is In

  • Contrived to be self-effacing, the book and its author have received kind reviews and interviews, like the one recently in The New York Times that reveals a gushing bouquet of envy by a writer who appears to fondly wish she, too, had parked her shoes at the foot of Kennedy's bed, any bed.

    Warren Adler: Chick Lit is Dead, Lover Lit is In

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