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

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

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.

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.

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)

Adam Alter interviewed on Fox & Friends

March 15, 2017

Adam Alter explains on Fox & Friends why it's easier to quit smoking than your smartphone.

Adam Alter pens op-ed for New York Magazine

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.

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