Andrew McAfee—a principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business in the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Second Machine Age—explains why things that were once science fiction are now quickly becoming reality.
You must watch this video if you don’t yet know what a “hellabyte” is.
In The Splendid Things We Planned, Blake Bailey, the renowned literary biographer of Yates and Cheever, shares another portrait of a family in ruins—his own.
Norton will publish Bailey’s memoir on March 3rd, but you can enter to win an advance copy on Goodreads today.
"This fine and haunting memoir touches the spot where family, responsibility, and helplessness converge. The Splendid Things We Planned is as forceful and revealing as any of [his] excellent biographies, and that’s really saying something.”
"An extraordinary memoir, written with the love and rage of a brother and son and controlled with the skill of a master biographer."
Skiing the mountain alone
on a day of difficult moods
with snowflakes of rottenstone
at the liverish altitudes
and the bones of the birches pale
as milk and the humpbacked spine
of an untouched downhill trail
turned suddenly serpentine
a day comes into my head
when we rose by aerial tram
bubbles strung on a thread
of a mobile diagram
rose to the mountain’s crest
on a day of electric blue
and how, my enthusiast,
I made the descent with you,
the beautiful greed of our run
taken on edge, tiptoe
with a generous spill of sun
on the toytown roofs below
as on powder side by side
running lightly and well
we lipped and took the untried
—Maxine Kumin (1925 - 2014)
Read the San Francisco Chronicle obituary.
(“Remembering You” can be found in Bringing Together: Uncollected Early Poems, 1958-1988.)
MOLLY ANTOPOL — ON TOUR FOR THE UNAMERICANS
“A writer of seismic talent…Not since Robert Stone has a writer so examined the nature of disillusionment and the ways in which newfound hope can crack the cement of failed dreams.”—Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son
2/5 — San Francisco — The Booksmith, with Tom Barbash
2/9 — Los Angeles — The New Short Fiction Series at the Federal Bar
2/12 — Athens, GA — Avid Bookshop, with Skip Horack
2/15 — Auburn, AL — Auburn University, with Peter Kline & Brittany Perham
2/17 — Brooklyn — Greenlight Books, with Justin Torres
2/18 — New York City — McNally Jackson, with David Daley
2/24 — Portland, OR — Powell’s, with Amanda Coplin
3/1 — Seattle — University Bookstore, with Jamie Quatro
3/3 — Portland, OR — Visiting Writers Series, Lewis & Clark
3/6 — Santa Cruz — Living Writers Series, UC Santa Cruz
3/8 — San Francisco — Babylon Salon, Cantina SF, with with Daniel Alarcón, Katie Crouch, Robin Sloan and Melissa Stein
And there’s more in the spring and beyond. Take a look at Molly’s website for info on these and all her events.
In this short excerpt from Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee’s The Second Machine Age, meet Baxter, the only robot who can solve all your jelly jar problems.
Servants by Lucy Lethbridge—a downstairs history of Britain from the 19th century to the modern age—is the perfect companion to Downton Abbey.
Read the New York Times review.
Fridays were busy outside Alameda Point. Women shouldered past Alexi, coiffed and perfumed and in pumps and pearls and fuzzy sweaters, calling for their children to hurry up and take their places in the inspection line. For the past twelve months, Alexi had only known the other side to these afternoons, the men’s collective anticipation of those sacred hours in the cramped visiting room or, on sunny days, at the picnic tables in the yard—men who had stopped, at a certain point, asking Alexi about his own family once it was painfully clear they were never coming to see him.
Read of the rest of Molly Antopol’s story on Joyland, “The Unknown Soldier,” here. Antopol’s debut story collection, The UnAmericans, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton on February 3, 2014. San Franciscans can meet Molly and hear more of her work at her launch party at 7:30 pm on February 5, 2014 at Booksmith. More information about the event can be found here.
“The Unknown Soldier" has some of our favorite lines from Antopol’s entire debut story collection. Don’t miss it. Ask for The UnAmericans at your local bookstore on 2/3.