Elly from Microcosm Publishing (previously) writes, "We decided to try something different this time, and put up a project to help fund and spread the word about all six of the books we're putting out this coming spring. They're all very different on the surface, but the thread that runs through them is exactly what makes Microcosm work as a publishing company: Book-shaped tools that help people create the lives they want to live and the world they want to see."
"There's never just one simple fix for any complicated problem, you need to approach it from all fronts. So we have a book about fixing your clothes, and another about feeling good on your bicycle. We have some surprisingly profound punk rock history and a book about basic fermenting. We have a book about coming-of-age as a queer, Cuban teen in Miami in the 90s (written and illustrated by the incredible Cristy C. Road of Greenzine fame) and a work of comics journalism about the 2001 Cincinnati 'riots' that last six days after police shot a young, Black man at a traffic stop. They couldn't be more different, but to us, they're all part of the same whole, not to mention urgently necessary in one way or another at this moment. I do believe that books can save us (or at least be what inspires us to save ourselves)."
Microcosm publishes great crowdfunded books and delivers reliably, so this is a very low-risk crowdfunder for some great books!
Microcosm's Spring: Fix Your Clothes, Guts, and Community
Since her stories started appearing in 2013, Sarah Pinsker (previously) has been a writer to watch, winning prestigious awards from the Nebula to the Sturgeon; now, in her debut novel, A Song For a New Day, Pinsker shows that she can write long-form work that's every bit as compelling, wrenching, sweet and angry as the […]
On the occasion of the publication of Permanent Record, a memoir of Edward Snowden's journey from gung-ho would-be special forces sergeant to CIA and NSA spy to whistleblower -- a memoir that the US government is suing to repress -- Snowden has given an interview with CBS where he expresses his desire to return to […]
My latest LA Times book review is for Naomi Klein's new essay collection, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, which traces more than a decade of Klein's outstanding, on-the-ground reports from the pivotal struggle to begin the transformational work needed to save our species and the rest of the Earth's living […]
If you’ve worked in any high-performing engineering lab, you already know about MATLAB. This computing environment and the language that powers it is perfectly suited to science and math, with an interface that makes it easy to express and visualize complex algorithms – not to mention an infrastructure that lets it easily work with other […]
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If you’re part of the maker community, you know Make:. Though Make: magazine is off the shelves as of this year, the eBooks and resources put out by Maker Media are still a fantastic resource for the new generation of tinkerers, hackers, and robotics geeks. If you’re in that tribe, listen up: they’ve released a […]