Twitter-organized essay collection to benefit Japan quake, with contributions from Gibson and Yoko Ono

2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake is a fundraising anthology of essays about the Japan quake and tsunami. It was organized on Twitter and published in a very short time (it's a Kindle book). Contributors include Yoko Ono and William Gibson, who explains his motives to the Globe and Mail:
His contribution begins with a description of a weird scene he once witnessed in Tokyo while riding in a taxi along an elevated highway and seeing into a lit room where a naked man sat at a long marble table. That unsettling vision leads him into "this strange meditation on the profound restlessness I was feeling after the quake and the tsunami, which made me feel I should go there, I should do something. I don't even know if it was an urge to help. It was an urge to make sure one of my favourite places was there..."

"These are what the Victorians would have called occasional pieces: 'on the occasion of the great earthquake.' The form is an ancient one, but the platform is up to date. ... In the past, it was gathered after the fact. Now, we have this facility to respond in real time."

2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake

(Globe and Mail)

Quakebook excerpts

(via IO9)


    1. Lecti, Yoko Ono’s piece is about a page and a half, so please, if you don’t want to read it don’t. The best parts in this book belong not to professionals or the famous but to those who were there. Spend the lousy 10 bucks and if you can tell me you weren’t the least bit affected by this book I’ll donate yet another 1000 yen to Red cross on your behalf.

  1. Just hoping that the use of the poster by Canadian signalnoise for the digital ‘cover’ of the book is being acknowledged.

  2. Give a little, learn a lot, help the people in Japan. It’s a great read. It captures a moment of history from the viewpoint of many. The essays and short-pieces are moving and unforgettable.

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