So we’re trying a little experiment: a Kindle e-book that collects several short stories into one convenient volume: Afterworld (and Other Stories). Featuring a couple pieces published in Carrier Pigeon and other venues that have never been released in a digital format. From the Amazon description:
A man fights for survival after a rising sea turns New York City into a watery wasteland. A teenage boy realizes he can start fires with his mind… and decides it’s time for a little payback. A French philosopher confronts a zombie invasion. And a washed-up writer saves his soul by building a bar in the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy. These characters (and many more) star in nine stories of revenge and redemption.
All yours for a mere $3.99.
Some new bits for your pre-holiday-reading pleasure:
In Shotgun Honey: “How Jules Left Prison,” a (short) short story about throwing a big middle finger to The Man.
In the latest issue of Carrier Pigeon (Vol. 3, Issue 3): “The White Whale,” a much longer story about redemption in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with illustrations by Rachel Burgess.
On Slashdot: Bank of America says this Bitcoin thing could be big; Amazon flying drones versus Google robots; and how Spotify’s royalty structure continues to royally hose most musicians.
5Pointz, the unofficial name for a decaying warehouse complex on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, once hosted a good deal of graffiti and spray-can art, much of it oversized and gorgeous, like so:
Yet despite its international reputation as a temple of street-art, 5Pointz also stood in the way of progress, if by “progress” you mean luxury condos without much local character but certainly a whole lot of amenities, and so its current landlord decided to send in a couple of crews to whitewash every wall, ahead of ripping down the whole thing in December:
Now artists are screaming on blogs and Twitter about how New York City is becoming a sterile shadow of its former self. And at moments like this, it’s hard to disagree.
Anyway, on Slashdot: an unfunny run-in with Her Majesty’s Secret Service; the continuing disaster that’s Healthcare.gov; and Elon Musk finally snaps over that whole Tesla-cars-catching-on-fire thing.
In The Washington Independent Review of Books: Jeff Bezos as e-commerce tyrant in Brad Stone’s “The Everything Store,” and a lightly fictionalized version of Google in Dave Eggers’ “The Circle.”
On Slashdot: my interview with an astronaut about the accuracy of the new movie “Gravity,” a look at how the citizens of Oakland are using crowdfunding to hire a private police force, and the Human Brain Project launches in Switzerland.
In The Washington Independent Review of Books: a relatively painless dissection of Choire Sicha’s “Very Recent History,” a novel about New York City during the Great Financial Implosion of 2008.
And Crack the Spine has released its Summer 2013 anthology in paperback, with my poem “The White Mountains.”
In the latest issue of Carrier Pigeon (Vol. 3, Issue 2): my short story, “Dogs of Brooklyn,” about a battle for survival in a post-apocalyptic New York City. (Illustrated by the one and only Kevin Speidell.)
Now available on Amazon: Reloaded (Both Barrels 2), a crime-fiction anthology featuring my short story, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”: college girl decides that a summer spent ripping off drug dealers in the Southwest is way better than yet another internship at a nonprofit.
In The Washington Independent Review of Books: a review of Nate Anderson’s “The Internet Police,” a nonfiction account of the Web’s more libertarian elements in conflict with law enforcement and government agencies.
On Slashdot: Articles on the new iPhone 5S, tech-world buzzwords that need to die, and how Apple is killing Nintendo.
On Slashdot: I interview the former director of NASA’s International Space Station division about the science behind the new movie ‘Elysium.’ That’s in addition to an essay on Hollywood’s summer of big-budget flops, and how Google is developing an analytics system that could predict how much a particular movie will ultimately earn.
In The Washington Independent Review of Books: a somewhat-negative view of Amir Ahmad Nasr’s “My Isl@m.”
Some big announcements in just a few short weeks…
I reviewed Dan Kennedy’s “American Spirit,” as well as Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen’s “The New Digital Age,” in The Washington Independent Review of Books.
On Slashdot: pieces about Apple CEO Tim Cook as the Sphinx of Cupertino, Chinese hackers doing their best to score the juiciest military secrets, and walking the Galapagos with Google.
Featured in Crack the Spine Issue 63: A new poem, “The White Mountains.”
Available for pre-order: Carrier Pigeon volume 3 issue 1, featuring my short story “Everything I Do Hurts Somebody,” described by the editors as “a morbid ramble of desire, envy and fiery revenge.” Accompanying illustrations provided by the illustrious Matthew Barteluce. Release date is May 17.
Recently on Slashdot: an essay on Big Data, advertising and the erosion of privacy; the nice folks at Netflix tell me that the upcoming season of “Arrested Development” won’t crash their servers; and another piece on public surveillance in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.
On Slashdot: a discussion of reporting and social media in the wake of the tragedy at the Boston marathon. In essence, the debate over the media coverage of the Boston situation is a continuation of a very old argument, between publications insisting the public must be informed and critics arguing that such coverage is tantamount to exploitation. The current state of media, in which publications have become more blatant about their hunt for pageviews and advertising dollars, plays into those critics’ arguments.