Writer Robin Sloan has a cool, new feature up on his blog this summer. He's beginning a series of short videos, talking about books he loves and why you should read them. Think of it like Reading Rainbow for grown-ups.
The series starts out with a fascinating-sounding 1998 book about the rise of video culture. According to Sloan, the appeal of the book today isn't for irony value, but for prescience. But don't just take his word for it.
Via John Pavlus
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.