The last five years have given rise to two warring factions struggling for control of the internet. On one front, corporate interests like Facebook and Google team up with legislators and hand-wringers to “lock down” the social Web so that everything you say and do can be traced back to your real…
The last five years have given rise to two warring factions struggling for control of the internet. On one front, corporate interests like Facebook and Google team up with legislators and hand-wringers to “lock down” the social Web so that everything you say and do can be traced back to your real world person. On the other, hacktivists, leaksters, cypherpunks and political revolutionaries are cracking codes and breaking rules to keep the Web free. Do we want a wild and wooly anonymous Internet, with the inevitable evils it brings? Or are we ready to move toward a safer, well-mannered Web?
According to author Cole Stryker, it’s the most important issue the Internet faces in the coming decade. He’s written a book, Hacking the Future (The Overlook Press, On-Sale: 9/13) on the subject, which traces a dual history of anonymous speech and the evolution of networking technology in order to provide a sweeping philosophical defense of what some consider to be the indefensible.
To celebrate his new book, we’ve gathered a panel of Internet thinkers and troublemakers to discuss the issue at hand: Should people have the right to anonymity? Panelists include media critic and author Clay Shirky, activists and Cryptome founders John Young and Deborah Natsios, NYU professor Whitney “Dr. Troll” Phillips, and social media scholar danah boyd. The evening will include a little bit of reading, some freewheeling discussion, and Q&A.
Giant Media will be providing free drinks and snacks throughout the night, and Cole will be signing fresh copies of Hacking the Future. Afterparty to follow at nearby Botanica.
Come celebrate the release of the new collection by the author of True Grit, The Dog of the South and other novels, with humor by Roy Blount Jr. and Calvin Trillin, music by Rhett Miller, a performance of Portis's only play, and more!
Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany is the first new book in more than twenty years from the author of True Grit, The Dog of the South and three other beloved comic novels. Spanning the breadth of his fifty-year career from his coverage of the civil rights movement to satirical fiction about the Internet age, Escape Velocity collects for the first time his journalism, travel writing, short stories, memoir and even a never-before-published play. As critic Ron Rosenbaum has written, Portis "will come to be regarded as the author of classics on the order of a twentieth-century Mark Twain, a writer who captures the soul of America."
For more about the book, please visit: http://www.butlercenter.org/news/new-charles-portis-collection.html
Hosted by editor Jay Jennings and sponsored by Oxford American magazine, the evening of music, readings and comedy will feature:
Pre-order a copy of the book for guaranteed admission to the event (details below): http://www.housingworks.org/events/detail/lets-explore-diabetes-with-owls-paperback-launch-with-david-sedaris/ Press contact: Amanda Bullock, 212-966-0466 x 1104, firstname.lastname@example.org An evening with …
Pre-order a copy of the book for guaranteed admission to the event (details below): http://www.housingworks.org/events/detail/lets-explore-diabetes-with-owls-paperback-launch-with-david-sedaris/
Press contact: Amanda Bullock, 212-966-0466 x 1104, email@example.com
An evening with bestselling author David Sedaris, including a Q&A and book signing.
We are partnering with WORD bookstores for this event. Your pre-purchased copy of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is a general admission ticket to David Sedaris's talk at the bookstore and guarantees entry to the bookstore for the event. You will receive your book the night of the event. Note: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The bookstore will close at 5:30PM to setup the event and reopen at 6PM. The event will begin at 7PM. WORD Bookstore will be on hand to sell books.
Only ticket holders will be admitted to the presentation in the bookstore; however, after the presentation we will open the signing line to anyone interested. We will ask non-ticket holders to line up outside the store and following the presentation will invite all guests to line up by groups for the signing line. Those with a ticket will be admitted to the signing line first; however, anyone who wishes to join the signing line may do so without a pre-purchased book.
David Sedaris is an essayist and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy, Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively though Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in France.
More about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls: A new collection of essays from the #1 New York Times bestselling author who has been called "the preeminent humorist of his generation" (Entertainment Weekly). From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.
Please note: No photography or video recording allowed. Mr. Sedaris will only sign his own work.