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
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
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.
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.
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."
July 28, 2017
July 28, 2017
May 28, 2017
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, receives the Blake-Dodd Prize for the American Acadamy of Arts & Letters.
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.
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)
March 15, 2017
Adam Alter explains on Fox & Friends why it's easier to quit smoking than your smartphone.
March 14, 2017
Adam Alter, the author of Irresistible, explains why kids are better friends if they spend time away from their screens over a New York Magazine.