Gail Williams (gail) Tue 25 Feb 03 11:46
The Onion does book reviews?
gone (scraps) Tue 25 Feb 03 12:06
Yes, and record reviews and interviews and other features. They hide them under the heading "AV Club" (I think).
Adam Powell (rocket) Tue 25 Feb 03 13:40
David Gans (tnf) Tue 25 Feb 03 13:44
One of the highlights of my career to date was seeing a capsule preview of my gig in the Madison ediition of The Onion.
Life in the big (doctorow) Tue 25 Feb 03 18:30
That is some swell review! w00t!
The Fucked-Up Piano Chicks (magdalen) Tue 25 Feb 03 18:38
very cool! Rocket, i had no idea you did stuff for the Onion. or did you just somehow find a before-it's-published thingy for them? are you still doing Angry Coffee? colour me a topickal drifter... whups.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Tue 25 Feb 03 19:44
rocket's been at the onion for many moons now (with tears in his eyes, one suspects, from all the juice...)
Wild Bill Burrows and his friend G-Man (gjk) Tue 25 Feb 03 22:45
Whuffie goin' up!
Adam Powell (rocket) Wed 26 Feb 03 07:15
Yes, I work for The Onion (tough job offer to turn down). But Angry Coffee is still alive and kicking. We make e-cards for musicians like Queens of The Stone Age as well as corporate intrests like Soloflex and Tektronix. My role is diminished, but I still take interesting phone calls from Hollywood freaks.
Gail Williams (gail) Wed 26 Feb 03 10:45
You do get to do all the cool stuff, you know, Adam.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Wed 26 Feb 03 13:47
Hey, I hear you work with a bunch of freaks in Austin! http://www.polycot.com/company/staff/
Life in the big (doctorow) Thu 27 Feb 03 08:18
I'm signing and reading at the Booksmith in the Haight next Wednesday. Looking forward to getting my own author trading card! Not sure what I'll read there. A little bit of D&O, to be sure, but maybe some of Eastern Standard Tribe or /usr/bin/god or Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. Hope to see you all there!
Life in the big (doctorow) Sat 1 Mar 03 17:44
Entertainment Weekly March 7 issue, page 77 Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom * Cory Doctorow (Tor, $22.95) What better place to fantasize about our troubling evolutionary path than Tomorrowland? Doctorow takes the scariest scientific advances -- cloning, medical immortality, an inter-networked world in which social standing is based on eBay-style ratings -- and sets them inside a Disney theme park. More specifically, these techno-possibilities are the backdrop for a battle over the Haunted Mansion. Members of the governing "Ad-hocracy" want to preserve the attraction's animatronic innards, but a techno-populist team from Disneyland Beijing has developed a way to flash-bake experiences directly on visitors' brains. The resulting tug-of-war leads to on-line insurrections, fan-led coups, and an assassination. The futuristic roller- coaster that is *Down and Out* travels is more fascinating than the murder- mystery at its core. Still, Doctorow's debut is a sci-fi ride worth lining up for. A- -- Noah Robischon
The Fucked-Up Piano Chicks (magdalen) Sun 2 Mar 03 00:44
Life in the big (doctorow) Wed 5 Mar 03 09:01
A reminder! I am going to be reading from Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom tonight at 7PM at the Booksmith in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. I'll read from D&O, and maybe from something else -- either the novel that's coming next year or one of the novels that I'm working on at the moment. Booksmith gives out free author trading-cards, and is a very swell bookstore in general. http://www.booksmith.com/
Gail Williams (gail) Wed 5 Mar 03 09:52
Life in the big (doctorow) Sun 9 Mar 03 06:59
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/09/books/review/009ANTRIT.html 'Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom': After the Advent of the Bitchun Society By TAYLOR ANTRIM Though Cory Doctorow's first novel takes place in Florida, its amiable, laid-back utopia creates a distinctly California mood. We begin ''sometime late-XXI'' after the rise of the ''Bitchun Society.'' There is no more death, just a voluntary hibernation called ''deadheading,'' and money has gone the way of ''Whuffie,'' your level of public capital or good will. Disney World is run by ''ad-hocracy,'' loose organizations of young people with cellphones implanted in their inner ears and networked PC's wired to their brains. These ''castmembers'' work together to improve the park through new technologies and feel-good crowd management. One character, Keep A-Movin' Dan, describes the vibe of the new social order: ''We can't remember what it was like to work to earn our keep; to worry that there might not be enough, that we might get sick or get hit by a bus.'' Doctorow may be writing science fiction, but I'd call this San Francisco circa 1999. Wised-up dot-com veterans will very likely cotton to our hero, Julius, whose 100-odd years have built in him an ambivalence to some aspects of the Bitchun Society. He appreciates the lack of death or scarcity, and yet he detects ''a slightly depressing homogeneity to the world'' and finds an antagonist in Debra, another castmember, who he suspects wants to ''tear down every marvelous Rube Goldberg in the park and replace them with pristine white sim boxes on giant, articulated servos.'' Julius loves the animatronic robots, the dioramas and the mechanized rides of the old-school attractions and hates the idea of Debra's more synthetic, virtual Disney World. ''You don't want to be a post-person,'' he tells Keep A-Movin' Dan. ''You want to stay human. The rides are human.'' Julius is murdered under mysterious circumstances, and while he's getting reborn into a ''force-grown'' clone, his brain restored from a digitized backup, Debra and her ad-hocracy take over Disney World's Hall of Presidents. They junk the hall's talking robots for virtual Lincolns and Washingtons who ''flash-bake'' their stories directly onto your mind. Julius suspects Debra had him killed to distract attention from her plan and rallies his ad-hocracy of traditionalists around the much-loved, old-fashioned Haunted Mansion, vowing to hold her off at any cost. Cory Doctorow is an avid Weblogger (he can be found at boingboing.net), and his novel's ad-hocracies of ''twittering Pollyannic castmembers'' who smoke ''decaf'' crack and congratulate one another on ''Bitchun'' ideas offer a knowing, gently satiric view of a once ascendant digital culture. And the impressively imagined world of the novel is tricked out in lively prose. In one particularly amusing section, Julius recalls an ex-wife from space named Zed: ''We met in orbit, where I'd gone to experience the famed low-gravity sybarites. Getting staggering drunk is not much fun at one gee, but at ten to the neg eight, it's a blast. You don't stagger, you bounce, and when you're bouncing in a sphere full of other bouncing, happy, boisterous naked people, things get deeply fun.'' Though she's around for only a few pages, Zed is one of Doctorow's best inventions, a ''transhuman . . . with a bewildering array of third-party enhancements: a vestigial tail, eyes that saw through most of the R.F. spectrum, her arms, her fur, dogleg reversible knee joints and a completely mechanical spine.'' Julius can't keep Zed's interest, and their relationship ends on a sad note -- she reverts to a backed-up version of her brain from the time before they met. While ''Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom'' can be a lot of irreverent fun, it can also come off clumsy. Doctorow's ideas animate the first half of the novel, but the human relationships that push the story along fail to convince. Julius's girlfriend, Lil, never comes to life; nor does the basis for Julius's loyalty to Keep A-Movin' Dan. For some reason Dan and Lil have an affair behind Julius's back, a plot turn that does little more than inspire a few lazy cliches: ''I . . . saw Dan and Lil staring into each other's eyes, a meaningful glance between new lovers, and I saw red. Literally.'' Likewise, Julius's conflict with Debra ultimately fails to provide any satisfying fireworks. Nevertheless, Doctorow's slim, culturally acute novel is clever and lousy with the kinds of ideas (wearable designer faces, climate-control cowls, transdermal mood-balancers, telepresence robots) sure to have attracted a few million in venture capital -- you know, back in late-XX. Taylor Antrim is a Henry Hoyns fellow in fiction writing at the University of Virginia.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Sun 9 Mar 03 12:29
NYT review. Bigtime--
nape fest (zorca) Sun 9 Mar 03 13:59
and this is only his first!
Changes in attitude, changes in platitudes (gjk) Sun 9 Mar 03 14:10
Big big bigtime.
soul of a hacker but the brains of a busboy (mattrose) Fri 4 Apr 03 11:33
for those of you coming to this way late ( as I did ) you can find the onion review at http://www.theonionavclub.com/reviews/words/words_d/downandoutinthemagicking01 .html
Gail Williams (gail) Wed 7 Jan 04 16:50
Cory posted within the members-only part of The WELL in the <salon.> conference but this is public info (and cool stuff!) so I thought I'd re- brag on his behalf: A story he wrote last year and published at Salon.com was just nominated for a Nebula award! Wowee.
Gail Williams (gail) Wed 7 Jan 04 16:54
It must be this one: http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2003/01/16/liberation_spectrum/
Andrew Alden (alden) Wed 7 Jan 04 17:02
It was "Ownz0red" or however it's spelled.
Gail Williams (gail) Wed 7 Jan 04 17:24
Really? I loved that but it was 2002, wasn't it? Hmm...
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