Elise Matthesen, conference chair for the Fourth Street Fantasy Convention in Minneapolis, writes,
From 1986 to 1995, Steven Brust and his friends put on a deep,
intelligent, and intimate convention on the literature of the
fantastic. Its return in 2008 was so much fun that we couldn't resist
bringing it back again in 2009
Fourth Street Fantasy Convention
Fourth Street is a small convention for people who are serious about
good fantasy and good books- serious about reading them, serious about
writing them, serious about appreciating them in all their various
forms. It's also for people who are serious about having a good time.
It's a weekend of high-quality, high-intensity, mind-stretching fun,
focused on books- there's a single track of programming that is at the
heart of it all. When everyone sees the same panels, it leads to
fascinating conversations in the consuite, hotel bar, and corridors.
Come and hang out with Catherynne Valente, Jo Walton, Pamela Dean,
Steven Brust, Sharyn November, Beth Meacham, Jon Singer, and many
other interesting folks. If you show up on Thursday evening, bring a
copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream, because we'll be having playreading
that night at the hotel, in between folding programs and prepping for
On-line registration will be open through tomorrow, Tuesday May 26.
Come and be part of the conversation. It will be better if you're
there -- you know it will.
Mark Marcino writes, “Boingers might be interested in this new free 3-week course I’m co-teaching with UnderAcademy College founder Talan Memmott: How to Write and Read Fake News: Journalism in the Age of Trump. It starts Jan. 20, of course.”
dj BC writes, “My best Christmas mashups from the past decade are collected for this year’s Santastic (previously) holiday music sampler. You can also dig on the site for the full albums from past years, our ‘Menorah Mashups’ Chanukah collection, and my chill instrumental album of holiday classical remixes. It’s all free.”
I first started writing about the remarkable Joi Ito in 2002, and over the decade and a half since, I’ve marvelled at his polymath abilities — running international Creative Commons, starting and investing in remarkable tech businesses, getting Timothy Leary’s ashes shot into space, backing Mondo 2000, using a sprawling Warcraft raiding guild to experiment with leadership and team structures, and now, running MIT’s storied Media Lab — and I’ve watched with excitement as he’s distilled his seemingly impossible-to-characterize approach to life in a set of 9 compact principles, which he and Jeff Howe have turned into Whiplash, a voraciously readable, extremely exciting, and eminently sensible book.
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