Lindy West is one of those web-writers who's done consistently great work over the years, whether it's talking about boobs
or talking about trolls
, and so I expected to like her memoir Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman
, but I didn't expect to find myself laughing aloud over and over, nor did I expect to end up crying -- and having done both in great measure, now I can't get that most excellent book out of my head.
Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths' Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
is pitched as a combination of personal advice and business book grounded in the lessons of computer science, but it's better than that: while much of the computer science they explain is useful in personal and management contexts, the book is also a beautifully accessible primer on algorithms and computer science themselves, and a kind of philosophical treatise on what the authors call "computational kindness" and "computational stoicism."
AJ Hartley's new YA series opens with Steeplejack
whodunnit whose unlikely and welcome hard-boiled detective is a young
woman who has to beat class and race discrimination as well as the bad
Seanan McGuire is one of science fiction's most passionate voices, no matter whether she's writing under her Mira Grant pseudonym or her own name, you always know that you're going to be reading a story that moves and inflames, illuminating the cause of the underdog and the overlooked with stories that are firmly adventures first and allegories second, the best kind of political fiction, and now, with her new novella Every Heart a Doorway
, McGuire shows us that she can weaponize that talent and use it as a skewer to pin the reader, right through the heart.
Kameron Hurley is first and foremost a talented novelist (see, for example, her critically acclaimed God's War
books), but her first Hugo was awarded for an essay, "We Have Always Fought
," which is just one of many significant, eloquent, and insightful nonfiction pieces collected in The Geek Feminist Revolution
, just published in paperback.
Faith Erin Hicks (Zombies Calling
, Friends with Boys
, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
) is back with the first volume of a new, epic YA trilogy: The Nameless City
, a fantasy adventure comic about diplomacy, hard and soft power, colonialism, bravery, and parkour.
The latest incarnation of Parent Hacks is the best yet: Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids
, with illustrations from Craighton Berman.
Ian Bogost's How to Talk About Videogames
isn't just a book about games -- it's a book about criticism, and where it fits in our wider culture. Bogost is the rare academic writer whose work is as clear and exciting as the best of the mainstream, and whose critical exercises
backfire by becoming enormous commercial/popular successes.
When my daughter Poesy discovered the first Phoebe and Her Unicorn book
, it was love at first sight. When I pried the book out of her hands, I was also addicted, and just as delighted with book two
. Book three is out today
, and I'm so immensely excited to announce that my daughter and I co-wrote the introduction!
Nitesh Dhanjani's 2015 O'Reilly book Abusing the Internet of Things: Blackouts, Freakouts, and Stakeouts
is a very practical existence-proof of the inadequacy and urgency of Internet of Things security.
the Birds in the Sky
is everything you could ask for in a debut
novel -- a fresh look at science fiction's most cherished memes,
ruthlessly shredded and lovingly reassembled.
The launch of Starve
, the new comic from Brian Wood, creator of the landmark DMZ
and artists Danijel Žeželj and Dave Stewart, was widely celebrated as a major new comic that started as strong as Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan
"Radical ecology" has come to mean a kind of left-wing back-to-the-landism that throws off consumer culture and mass production for a pastoral low-tech lifestyle. But as the brilliant science journalist and Marxist Leigh Phillips writes in Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts: A Defence Of Growth, Progress, Industry And Stuff
, if the left has a future, it has to reclaim its Promethean commitment to elevating every human being to a condition of luxurious, material abundance and leisure through technological progress.
Today is the third anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death, and it was marked by the publication of an anthology of Aaron's writing, The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz with an introduction by Lawrence Lessig (I wrote an introduction to one of the sections).
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Mariana Mazzucato's The Entrepreneurial State
uses empirical research to demolish the capitalist orthodoxy that holds the state to be a feckless, harmful distorter of markets.
is a tic-tac-toe variant that lets players occupy squares, change their opponents' squares, or move where the squares are
relative to one another. It's a strategy game with more sneaky ways to win -- and lose -- than seems possible, at first.
I'm not a hardcore skiier, but growing up in Canada I did learn, and my family and I go skiing about once a year.
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