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This Could Be Important, My Conversation with Pamela McCorduck

In 2019, the ETC Press published Pamela McCorduck's book, THIS COULD BE IMPORTANT. Here, I'm releasing clips of our conversation about her life as one of the early science + technology writers.

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A SXSW Guide to Surviving the Nerdpocalypse

A compendium of what I've learned in my twenty-five years navigating SXSW Interactive, the greatest show on earth.

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Elizabeth Wurtzel: She Was Our Rock God Writer

Elizabeth Wurtzel was—and forever will be—our GenX Rock God Writer.

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GenX, That Damned Newsweek Editorial, George Michael, and the Twitter Hellscape

GenX, That Damned Newsweek Editorial, George Michael, and the Twitter Hellscape

In 1993, Newsweek labeled GenX as the "The Whiny Generation." We've been not giving a shit about that since. Also—George Michael is pretty great.

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GenX Tribe: Breaking Bones and Other Stories of Walking it Off

GenXers grew up breaking bones, having accidents, and dealing with mayhem—and many times going to the doctor was the LAST thing we did. So—share your story of GenX Catastrophes!

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The Books that Influence My Writing Life

The Books that Influence My Writing Life

My favorite conversation: What books influenced you? These are the books that influenced my life as a writer.

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The Fourth of July

The Fourth of July and the Meaning of the Declaration

My middle school history teacher John Viall—a dedicated and decorated teacher—wrote a wonderful post about America, the Fourth, and e pluribus unum.

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Mister Rogers and the Border Wall

Won't You Be My Neighbor, or How Mister Rogers Took on a Border Wall

King Friday XIII orders a border wall to be built. Lady Aberlin takes balloons, tied with messages of peace and love, and floats them across the wall.

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Free eBook on Machine Learning, A.I., and the Modern World

Sign up for my mailing list and get a free PDF of my latest book, Frankenstein's Legacy: Four Conversations about Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and the Modern World.

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"We Are Not A House Divided"

My friend KT Peterson and I embarked on a writing challenge on August 4-5: write 10,000 words and the read an excerpt from it. The title of this piece is "We Are Not A House Divided."

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About That Thing You Ask Me About Hillbilly Elegy

That's where the single narrative becomes so dangerous. Because people don't know the history of the region, and they don't understand its problems. Yet many of those same people have a great number of preconceived notions they aren't afraid to unleash.

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What We Mean When We Talk about Infrastructure

The Appalachian region faces an uphill battle to survive. But that's how it was designed. If the region -- and its people -- have any chance to prosper, it'll come from the most boring of places: infrastructure building.

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The Curious Case of Explaining, not Excusing

As I sat down to write this book, I was faced with this strange tightrope act: I wanted to write a book about why Appalachia and its people ended up as they have, but I also needed to acknowledge its sometimes brutal and horrible history.

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Roger (& Jared & J.D.) and Me, or Breaking Appalachia

The things that have always sustained me, and carried me through the darkness, and given me a world with color: the writing, and the voices, and the stories. I've found my voice in the wilderness. I've found other voices in the wilderness.

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Fitzgerald, in Volumes

Whenever I see Fitzgerald in the bookstore, I can't but recall fondly how his books taught me to write.

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Why I Write: Mariah Ivey

Indianapolis poet, spoken word artist, and MC Mariah Ivey is our first guest on the new series "Why I Write."

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Circle City New Play Fest

Circle City New Play Fest brings national and local playwrights to Indy for the development of new work. With four staged readings over one weekend, Circle City New Play Fest invites audiences to be part of the process of taking these plays to the next level.

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207. STEPHEN KING: The desk

If that sounds bad the best I can offer is that it is not. Those swells remind me that whatever part of me is broken, there is another part that isn't.

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"To This Day"

Shane Koyczan "To This Day" http://www.tothisdayproject.com Help this message have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying. Please share generously.

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So Far Appalachia: The Myth of the Rural, White Working Class + Voting Against Their Self Interest

After two hundreds years, the choice between the do-gooder who ends up stealing you money and the asshole who doesn’t care whether you live or die is pretty simple: I’ll take the asshole every time

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Scripted: Letters Sent by Janice Hibbard

For our December edition of Scripted, we'll hear Letters Sent by Janice Hibbard. Claire sent a lot of letters - some loving, some toxic. She never thought she'd be around to see the consequences, but now she is. A empathetic, but never sappy, portrait of a woman struggling to figure out what to do next.

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Scripted: J. Eyre by Paige Scott

For our first Scripted on November 13th, we'll hear Act One of J. Eyre by Paige Scott. This musical adaptation of Jane Eyre is a reimagining of the story that is passionate, funny, and packed full of surprises.

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Scripted: Between the Page and the Stage

Scripted is a new monthly reading series from The Geeky Press, starting November 2016. New works written by local playwrights and read by local actors. Hosted by Elise @The Geeky Press.

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By Acclamation

We must find a way to create spaces for women where they are free to push and explore the boundaries of what they can do. A note on what I've heard this weekend.

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