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LIFE IN CODE named one of Kirkus Books’ Best of Nonfiction 2017

December 18, 2017


Ellen Ullman’s LIFE IN CODE is named one of Kirkus Books’ Best of Nonfiction in 2017: “A sharply written, politically charged memoir of life in the data trenches by computer pioneer Ullman.”

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/issue/best-of-2017/section/nonfiction/?page=12


SF Chronicle calls DAWN OF THE NEW EVERYTHING “artful, numinous”

November 22, 2017


Stephen Phillips reviews Jaron Lanier’s Dawn of the New Everything for San Francisco Chronicle.

“A breezy read “Dawn of the New Everything” is not… it pulses with kaleidoscopic insight, recondite science and deeply felt opinions — a rejoinder to singularity-struck “digital supremacist[s].” It also contains some of the more artful, numinous writing you’ll find on technology.”

https://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Dawn-of-the-New-Everything-by-Jaron-Lanier-12378605.php


Gideon Lewis-Kraus picks LIFE IN CODE as a best book of the year for Bookforum

November 22, 2017


IN A YEAR WHEN fiction felt, at best, irrelevant, the two novels that stayed with me for the moral force and grandeur of the political imagination behind them were Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West (Riverhead, $26) and Joshua Cohen’s Moving Kings (Random House, $26). As for nonfiction, I was profoundly moved by Richard Lloyd Parry’s account of one Japanese primary school’s preventable destruction by the catastrophic 2011 Tohoku tsunami, Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone (MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27); I was impressed by the ethnographic rigor and care of Rachel Sherman’s Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence (Princeton University Press, $30); and I always love Ellen Ullman’s essays, collected this year in Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology (MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27). —Gideon Lewis-Kraus

https://www.bookforum.com/print/2404/-18859


The Times Literary Supplement calls LIFE IN CODE “a compelling cultural history”

November 14, 2017


Gillian Terzis reviews Ellen Ullman's Life in Code for The Times Literary Supplement:

"Life in Code – a collection of essays first published between 1994 and 2004, and between 2012 and 2017 – is, as its subtitle makes clear, a personal history, but to focus on that aspect alone would be to undersell it vastly. The book is also a compelling cultural history and a wide-ranging anthropological study of one of the world’s most powerful industries." —Gillian Terzis, The Times Literary Supplement

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/non-friction-ullman-code/


The Guardian Interviews Jaron Lanier

November 12, 2017


Tim Adams of The Guardian spoke to Jaron Lanier about his memoir, Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/12/jaron-lanier-book-dawn-new-everything-interview-virtual-reality


Maureen Dowd Profiles Jaron Lanier for the Times Style section

November 08, 2017


"Jaron Lanier is the most unusual person I’ve ever met," writes Maureen Dowd in a profile about Jaron Lanier for The New York Times Style section. "And I’ve met a lot of unusual people." Dowd visited Lanier at his home in Berkeley, CA to discuss the state of Silicon Valley, social media, and his new memoir, Dawn of the New Everything.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/style/jaron-lanier-new-memoir.html


BUST magazine reviews LIFE IN CODE by Ellen Ullman

July 28, 2017


BUST magazine reviews Ellen Ullman's Life in Code in their August issue, writing "[Ullman] reflects on how much technological advances have affected the core of our humanity & society."


Real Simple magazine includes LIFE IN CODE on their list of “5 Books That Won’t Disappoint”

July 28, 2017



Elle magazine says LIFE IN CODE by “relishes tech’s beauty while fearing what it has created.”

July 28, 2017



Elizabeth Kolbert receives the Blake-Dodd Prize for the American Acadamy of Arts & Letters

May 28, 2017


Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, receives the Blake-Dodd Prize for the American Acadamy of Arts & Letters.


Buzzfeed Books includes LIFE IN CODE on 22 Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer

May 18, 2017


Buzzfeed Books includes Ellen Ullman's Life in Code on their list of 22 Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer.


The Whiting Foundation announces the winners of the 2017 Whiting Awards

March 21, 2017


The Whiting Foundation announced the winners of the 2017 Whiting Awards. Among the largest monetary prizes given to emerging writers, the annual awards are given in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Each winner receives $50,000. (via Poets & Writers)



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