Join us for a fun and enlightening evening with cyberculture pioneer Gareth Branwyn. Gareth will be discussing and reading from the book he's currently working on, Borg Like Me (& Other Tales of Art, Eros, and Embedded Systems). The former Editorial Director of MAKE magazine, and a former editor at Wired, Mondo 2000, and bOING bOING (print), Gareth has been living and reporting on tech- and "sidestream" culture for over 30 years. Borg Like Me is a collection of his best work, with previously unpublished material, and deep introductions to each article that tell the backstory of its inception and what was going on at the time, in the culture at large, and in Gareth's own personal spheres. The book promises to be an fascinating chronicle of one author's intense, passionate, and sometimes crazy trip along the bleeding edges of art, technology, and culture at the turn of the 21st century.
Gareth will read excerpts from the book, discuss its scope and how it came about, and talk about his current Kickstarter
campaign (link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1141078539/borg-like-me-the-writings-of-gareth-branwyn
) for it, offering valuable insights into what he's learning about crowdfounding and self-publishing.
I came of of age in a hippie commune, worked as a printer, artist, and author in underground and zine publishing, I've been on the Internet since before it had a name, and wrote the first book about the Web (Mosaic Quick Tour). I was a founding column editor for Wired (Jargon Watch), an editor at bOING bOING (when it was a print magazine) and a section editor for Mondo 2000. I was married to musician Pam Bricker (of Thievery Corporation) and helped her self-publish much of her own music. I was also the Assistant Director of Patch Adams' Gesundheit Institute for ten years. I worked at MAKE magazine for five years, most recently as their Editorial Director. I've done a lot of living n' loving in my 50+ years (never you mind the hard number) and I've been taking notes the entire time. In this book, by combining previously published work and entirely new material, I'm going to piece together and explain some of that journey, hopefully sharing some of what I've learned along the way.
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