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"I've led an extremely adventurous life… as I only discovered a few years ago. I've met all kinds of extraordinary people and so essentially that's what I'm doing: writing about people, places, and things and less about myself," said Picano. "I'm like the character watching all this happen."
Carlos T. Mock, who was on the group book tour with Picano similarly expressed: "One of the nice things about the books—the reason I really like them—is they not only tell his story but he tells the story of gay culture during the 60s and 70s."
Nights and Rizzoli depicts a life through the lens of a gay man in New York who lucked into a job at the elegant Manhattan bookstore—Rizzoli—that captures Picano's life as well as the lives of many others.
"The object in a Creditocracy is to keep us on the hook as long as possible as debtors, till the day we die."
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I will never stop praising this book. You may know of Ed Wood Jr. as the worst filmmaker in Hollywood history, but you probably didn’t know that he spent his later life writing pulp for proto-porno mags that pushed the boundaries of sexual politics. This collection brings together the best of Wood’s writing, and every moment of it tantalizes.
In many ways then When Google Met Wikileaks is a book of two parts. It is first and foremost an attempt to help people understand the role of Google, and secondly it is a more general insight into some the most important issues around information today. On both points Assange reminds us why he matters.
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Julian Assange’s understanding of the nature and scope of ideological power is staggering.
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Once upon a time, selling directly to consumers was a rarity in the book publishing business. Now, publishers of all types are doing it, or planning to. This trend has been enabled by the web and complemented by publishers’ parallel social media strategies. It is driven by the desire to connect with readers and the strategic threat posed by publishers’ number one trading partner, Amazon, who has explicitly promised to disintermediate publishers, even referring to smaller publishers as sickly gazelles to be culled.
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[Picano's] works have included fiction, non-fiction, plays and criticism. His work as a publisher and editor has started the careers of scores of younger gay writers. And now he says, "The gay icon and actress Mae West once said, "Keep a diary when you are young, and when you are old, it will keep you.' I'm testing out that theory with these recent books of true stories and memoirs."
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Can you be fully committed to changing the world and change diapers at the same time? Can you be a nonviolent revolutionary and a present, loving role model for your children? Can you hold the macro – justice and peace and the big issues of the day – in one hand and the micro – boppies, wipes, third-grade science projects, and playground politics – in the other? My parents did not think so, and did not plan on having children.
Father Philip Berrigan, a Josephite priest, and Sister Elizabeth McAlister of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, both peace and civil rights activists, met at a funeral in 1966. Each of them was fully committed to revolution inside the church and throughout society. They fell in love, married, and were excommunicated. They faced long jail sentences and long court proceedings, and endured the harsh burn of the media spotlight. They formed Jonah House, a new community to support and nurture lives of resistance and prayer and to replace the religious orders that failed to evolve with them. They did not see kids as part of that picture, but then I came along. My brother Jerry followed a year later, and seven years after that our sister Kate was born. So much for natural family planning.
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John Oakes, co-founder of OR Books, a small, independent publisher, said that the agreement is far from a resolution to problems of Hachette or publishing at large.
"I think some people said, 'Well, you know, it's now been resolved and it's past, it's behind us,'" Oakes said. "But there's a deeper issue here beyond what the terms are between Amazon and Hachette."
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OR Books, founded by longtime independent publisher John Oakes and former Scribner senior editor Colin Robinson, was a perfect example of publishing veterans using reduced online costs to modify industry standards. Rather than investing in large print runs and taking a loss on returned copies, the company would sell only ebooks and print-on-demand editions. Old hands rather than visionaries, Oakes and Robinson presented this cost-saving model matter-of-factly. For them the project was simply the prospect of “high efficiency, and minimal, or nonexistent, returns,” as Oakes wrote in Publishers Weekly.
“Technocreep” forces one to dissociate from society in order to understand it. Over the course of 17 funnily named chapters, “Technocreep” covers a range of terrifying material — from a Justin Bieber sex toy made with a 3-D printer to Taco Bell’s supposed exploitation of human psychobiology — in a way that makes discovering the underbelly of technology darkly exciting.To read the rest of the article, visit The Daily Californian
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We may [...] look back on When Google Met WikiLeaks as the first declaration of new digital war. We hear it here first, from a soft voice quietly speaking to the truths of Silicon Valley: Google is as capable of being evil—may already be evil—as any other company, body, or state.
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Micah’s incisive new book The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet) should be read by every nonprofit fundraiser and cause marketer – because the principles it describes for public policy and politics are nearly the same as the ones that govern charitable fundraising. It’s an important warning to all digital organizers, marketers and fundraisers. You can (and will) wear out your welcome quickly. Real engagement is not easy, and doesn’t always align with fundraising or a one-time push for virality (see Kony 2012). Organizations need to be nourished – and truly organized – over time (see Organizing for America, post elections). A big email list is no substitute for impact.
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In a comprehensive survey of how technological advances will “creep” into everyday life, computer expert and technologist Thomas Keenan guides the reader through a slew of increasingly ubiquitous and invasive technologies. How do fellow citizens feel about the prospect of airport security spraying you with “a fine mist” of GPS nanoparticles in the name of enhancing security? What about a “password pill” emitting radio waves through a user’s digestive tract so a user can log in to the cloud? Does a robot bellhop sound cool? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we know what the future of a technology-saturated society will hold?
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Borrowing a title from Dickens and wealth-gap statistics not too far off from Victorian London, the anthology Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York (OR Books) gathers stories and essays from Zadie Smith, Junot Díaz, and Lydia Davis, among others, depicting life on both sides of the coin—where the top one percent earn a minimum of $500,000 a year, while 22,000 children remain homeless.
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the process by which Facebook has developed this tool—what the firm calls the "voter megaphone"—has not been very transparent, raising questions about its use and Facebook's ability to influence elections. Moreover, while Facebook has been developing and promoting this tool, it has also been quietly conducting experiments on how the company's actions can affect the voting behavior of its users.
In particular, Facebook has studied how changes in the news feed seen by its users—the constant drip-drip-drip of information shared by friends that is heart of their Facebook experience—can affect their level of interest in politics and their likelihood of voting. For one such experiment, conducted in the three months prior to Election Day in 2012, Facebook increased the amount of hard news stories at the top of the feeds of 1.9 million users. According to one Facebook data scientist, that change—which users were not alerted to—measurably increased civic engagement and voter turnout.
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The US soldiers arrived by helicopter and were efficiently guarded and shown around by uniformed Kurdish militiamen. But soon afterwards the Yazidis – who had been hoping to be rescued or at least helped by the Americans – were horrified to see the US soldiers hurriedly climb back into their helicopter and fly away. The reason for their swift departure, it was revealed later in Washington, was that the officer in charge of the US detachment had spoken to his Kurdish guards and discovered that they weren’t the US-friendly peshmerga of the Kurdistan Regional Government but PKK fighters – still listed as ‘terrorists’ by the US, despite the central role they have played in helping the Yazidis and driving back Isis. It was only when Kobani was on the verge of falling that Washington accepted it had no choice but to co-operate with the PYD: it was, after all, practically the only effective force still fighting Isis on the ground.