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  • The Fiction Feed 2

    The Fiction Feed 2 is a follow up to last fall’s reading and raucous debate about fiction and technology organized by literary website Joyland. This installment features author and Joyland co-founder Brian Joseph Davis, Cursor’s Richard Nash, and blogger and author Jim Hanas. The event is free.…

    The Fiction Feed 2 is a follow up to last fall’s reading and raucous debate about fiction and technology organized by literary website Joyland. This installment features author and Joyland co-founder Brian Joseph Davis, Cursor’s Richard Nash, and blogger and author Jim Hanas.

    The event is free.

    Brian Joseph Davis is the author of I, Tania, a novel that SLATE called “The book of your fever dreams.” His music and radio productions have been acclaimed by Wired, Pitchfork, Salon, and LA Weekly. Davis is co-founder of Joyland, which the CBC called “the go-to spot for readers seeking the best in short fiction.” His new book of short fiction, Ronald Reagan My Father is out April 1.

    Jim Hanas is the author of Cassingle: Five Stories (2009) and Single: Two Stories (2006), two e-book collections of short stories that previously appeared in McSweeney's, Fence, One Story, the Land-Grant College Review, Bridge, Twelve Stories, and elsewhere. His non-fiction and humor pieces have appeared in Slate, Radar, Print, the New York Daily News, and the New York Post. He also helps out with Adult Education, a "useless lecture series."

    Richard Nash ran Soft Skull Press, now an imprint of Counterpoint, from 2001 to 2007 and ran the imprint on behalf of Counterpoint until early 2009. He’s developing a start-up called Cursor, a portfolio of niche social publishing communities, one of which will be called Red Lemonade.

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  • How to Wreck a Nice Beach (Melville House Publishing)

    by Dave Tompkins

    Melville House

    $35.00 List Price

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    DAVE TOMPKINS – HOW TO WRECK A NICE BEACH: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop

    This is the story of how a military device became the robot voice of hip-hop and pop music. Though the vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, was designed to guard phones from eavesdroppers, it expanded beyond its original purpose and has since become widely used as a voice-altering tool for musicians.…

    This is the story of how a military device became the robot voice of hip-hop and pop music. Though the vocoder, invented by Bell Labs in 1928, was designed to guard phones from eavesdroppers, it expanded beyond its original purpose and has since become widely used as a voice-altering tool for musicians. It has served both the Pentagon and the roller rink, a double agent of pop and espionage.

    In How to Wreck a Nice Beach—from a mis-hearing of the vocoder-rendered phrase “how to recognize speech”—music journalist Dave Tompkins traces the history of electronic voices from Nazi research labs to Stalin’s gulags, from the 1939 World’s Fair to Hiroshima, from Manhattan nightclubs to the Muppets.

    The result is an amazing chronicle of postwar music and culture, filled with unexpected and surprising encounters. We see the vocoder brush up against FDR, Solzhenitsyn, Stanley Kubrick, Stevie Wonder, JFK, Eisenhower, Neil Young, Kanye West, the Cylons, Walt Disney, Henry Kissinger, and Winston Churchill, who boomed, when vocoderized on V-E Day, “We must go off!” And now the device is a cell phone standard, allowing your voice to sound human.

    From T-Mobile to T-Pain, How to Wreck a Nice Beach is a riveting saga of technology and culture, illuminating the work of some of music’s most provocative innovators.

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  • Farm

    by Elisha Cooper

    Orchard Books

    $17.99 List Price

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    Elisha Cooper Farm

    Please join us in celebrating the publication of our friend and neighbor Elisha Cooper's latest children's book, Farm. Elisha, a Society of Illustrators 2006 Gold Medal recipient, lyrically and beautifully captures the rhythms of the changing seasons of the farm, bringing it to life with his words …

    Please join us in celebrating the publication of our friend and neighbor Elisha Cooper's

    latest children's book, Farm. Elisha, a Society of Illustrators 2006 Gold Medal recipient,

    lyrically and beautifully captures the rhythms of the changing seasons of the farm,

    bringing it to life with his words and illustrations.

    Elisha will be here to sign copies of the book, and refreshments will be served. See you then!

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