Inkwell is a part of the WELL that anyone, both members of the WELL and nonmembers, can read and enjoy. Originally created for interviews with authors on the WELL, it has expanded to include the kinds of stimulating conversations members of the community have every day.  These are the kinds of discussions you expect in a real community. They have persistence and depth. Through ongoing asynchronous discussion, WELL members create a history with each other. Some of the discussions last for years.

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How Has Our Reading Changed During the Covid-19 Period?

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Recently in the Inkwell:

“The State of the World 2021”  January 5-22, 2021.

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Every year for two decades Bruce Sterling and digital media author Jon Lebkowsky have spent two weeks in conversation about “The State of the World.” The insightful, often edgy conversation is on the WELL, but you don’t have to be a member to read it. It’s in a part of the WELL that is open for anybody to read.

This year Malka Older, author of the scifi political thriller “Infomacracy,” the cyberpunk serial “Ninth Step Station,” and the collection “…And Other Disasters,” will be pondering the state of the world with Bruce and Jon. She is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and her opinions can be found in The New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and NBC THINK, among other places.

Check out the 2020 conversation here.

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The books and commentary we’ve spotlighted over the years run the gamut from timely political commentary, to noteworthy blogs, to gardening and cooking books, to parenting issues, to the social implications of new technologies. We’ve delved into the evolution of online culture and communications technologies, and we’ve explored improvisational and collaborative branches of music history. Who can say what we’ll talk about next?

Previous Discussions

The State of the World 2020
The State of the World 2019
The State of the World 2018
Virginia Eubanks: Automating Inequality
Roger McNamee: Brain Hacking For Dummies
Ellen Ullman: Life in Code
Julie Rehmeyer: Through the Shadowlands

Hosted by: Jon Lebkowsky (jonl),  Julie Sherman (julieswn), and Lisa Poskanzer (lrph)