Pluralistic: The internet is not a (link)dump truck (30 Sept 2023)


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Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm

Marcus Yallow + 50 Years = Marty Hench?

The “Marty Hench” figure from the cover of Red Team Blues, next to the “M1k3y” figure (with large, binary-digit-lined red “X”) from the cover of Little Brother.

The old crow is getting slow;

the young crow is not.

Of what the young crow does not know,

the old crow knows a lot.

At knowing things,

the old crow is still the young crow’s master.

What does the old crow not know?

How to go faster.

The young crow flies above, below,

and rings around the slow old crow.

What does the fast young crow not know?

WHERE TO GO.

-John Ciardi, About Crows


Marcus Yallow is the 17-year-old hero of Little Brother, my 2008 novel about kids in San Francisco who wage high-tech guerrilla war on the Department of Homeland Security, who occupy the city after a terrorist attack.
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Pluralistic: Kickstarting the Red Team Blues audiobook, which Amazon won't sell (21 Mar 2023)


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Marc Laidlaw’s “Underneath the Oversea”

A wondrous fairytale, wondrously read, from the storyteller of Half-Life.

The cover of Skyboat Media’s audio edition of Underneath the Oversea.

I have been a Marc Laidlaw fan since his debut novel, Dad’s Nuke — an apocalyptic, madcap dark comedy/road-trip novel that anticipated Snow Crash and its motif of an America dominated by paranoid, fortresslike gated communities.

I avidly consumed all of his subsequent novels and short stories — especially “400 Boys,” his contribution to Bruce Sterling’s seminal cyberpunk anthology Mirrorshades.

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Pluralistic: 24 Sep 2020


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