Mules love to talk...but we love to listen as well, especially to you. GOAT* Salon gives you an opportunity to speak your mind.
Each salon features a special guest who will talk about something they are working on - a book, music composition, video piece, online project - or just a provocative topic they have an opinion about. But more importantly, we want you to ask questions and chime in, salon-style. It’ll be thought-provoking, funny, and yes, there will be adult beverages.
Our guest is Annalee Newitz, who will speak about lost cities. She writes: "Our myths are full of lost cities like Atlantis and Shangri-la, but in real life we lose cities too. Some of the world's greatest urban centers, like the 9,000 year-old Çatalhöyük in Turkey, or the 1000 year-old Cahokia in Illinois, were home to large, cosmopolitan populations, but then abandoned. What was life like in these ancient cities, and why were they lost? Tales of these missing places form a secret history of own urban age, and suggest a possible future."
Annalee Newitz writes about science, culture, and the future. She is the Tech Culture Editor at Ars Technica, and the founding editor of io9. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of popular tech site Gizmodo. She’s the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday and Anchor), which was a finalist for the LA Times book prize. Her first science fiction novel, Autonomous, will be released from Tor in 2017, and she is currently working on a nonfiction book about lost cities. She was the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, and has a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley.