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June 01st, 2012 | 7 Comments | Category: About, Book Stuff
Godflesh <em>Streetcleaner</em>: My 33 1/3 Book Proposal

I proposed a book for Bloomsbury Academic’s 33 1/3 Series on Streetcleaner by Godflesh. This being one of my all-time favorite records by one of my all-time favorite bands, I really wanted to tell its story. I knew it was a long shot: Bloomsbury received 471 proposals in this round and are planning on publishing a mere twenty titles. Today they narrowed the pile to a “long list” of ninety-four, and mine was not one of them. So, in lieu of the book, here is the Sample Material and Table …

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April 16th, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Book Stuff, Essays
Go Publish Yourself: Lessons Learned

I have a real hatred of false headlines, titles of articles that lie about their contents. The latest one to catch my ire was James Altucher’s “Self-Publishing Your Own Book is the New Business Card.” Mainly because, well, it isn’t. As much as we may try with apps and QR-codes, as well as traditional things like stickers and postcards, there still isn’t a token of identity that works like a business card. I don’t wholly disagree with Altucher’s article, just the parts where he claims his headline. The article is …

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November 04th, 2011 | One Comment | Category: Announcements, Book Stuff
<em>Follow for Now</em> is Now Available at BookPeople

Yep, nearly five years after its release, Follow for Now is now available at BookPeople in Austin, Texas. As you can see in the photo below, it’s in the General Science section, and I am quite proud.

It’s also in Cyberculture & History, and right now, in the New Arrivals.

So, if you’re in Austin and don’t have a copy, stop by and get yours.
Many thanks to Michael McCarthy and everyone at BookPeople for their support. And to you for yours.

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May 26th, 2011 | No Comment | Category: About, Book Stuff
<em>Follow for Now</em> on Brain Pickings

My interview collection Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes (Well-Red Bear, 2007) got some updated shine thanks to cognitive curator Maira Popova and her excellent site Brain Pickings. Here are a few excerpts:
The book was originally published in 2007, which makes it a rare, paradoxical and infinitely fertile cross between sort-of-contemporary cultural critique of the present and near-prophetic time-capsule of the recent past, swiftly fluttering across disciplines and ideologies to deliver a powerful cross-pollinator of modern intellectual and creative curiosity…
The time elapsed since …

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February 03rd, 2011 | 14 Comments | Category: About, Announcements, Book Stuff
<i>The Medium Picture</i> is Now Under Contract

After years of tweaking and shopping the proposal, Zero Books has acquiesced to publish my book The Medium Picture. The thing that sold me on them, other than their recent publishing of Steven Shaviro‘s brief-but-brilliant Post-Cinematic Affect, is their statement of purpose:
Contemporary culture has eliminated the concept and public figure of the intellectual. A cretinous anti-intellectualism presides, cheerled by hacks in the pay of multinational corporations who reassure their bored readers that there is no need to rouse themselves from their stupor. Zer0 Books knows that another kind of discourse …

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September 27th, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Book Stuff, Marginalia
<i>Follow for Now</i>: Behind the Book and Beyond

This is the Prezi from my guest lecture this week at the University of Illinois Chicago. Use your arrow keys to flip through or go full-screen for best results.

The post I did on How To Do Stuff and Be Happy provides some context. Enjoy!

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January 12th, 2010 | No Comment | Category: Announcements, Book Stuff
<i>Follow for Now</i> at the University of Illinois

My friend and colleague Mike Schandorf required Follow for Now for his Writing for New Media class this semester at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He snapped this shot of the stack of copies in their bookstore. I’m stoked.
Many thanks, Schandorf. See you soonly.

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November 23rd, 2009 | No Comment | Category: Book Stuff, Marginalia
Is This Image in the Public Domain?

It’s called “We’ll All Be Happy Then” by Harry Grant Dart, and it ran in Life magazine in 1911:

Is this image in the Public Domain? If anyone knows anything about it, I’d greatly appreciate it.
Thanks.

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April 23rd, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Announcements, Book Stuff
<i>Follow for Now</i> now available at MonkeyWrench

For my local friends who don’t already have it, my interview anthology, Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes (Well-Red Bear, 2007), is now available at Austin’s own MonkeyWrench Books.

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March 29th, 2009 | One Comment | Category: Announcements, Book Stuff
Look Inside <i>Follow for Now</i> on Amazon

Finally… You can take a peek inside my interview anthology Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes on Amazon. For those that don’t know, Follow for Now is an anthology of forty-three interviews with minds of all kinds. bOING bOING founder Mark Frauenfelder called it “an exotic plant with roots sucking nutrients from the skulls of the most interesting people on the planet,” Disinformation named it “among the most important books published in 2007,” and Erik Davis called it “a crisp and substantial remix of the major memes of …