I have finished a book, Customers Included, which explores the question, "Why do companies so often fail to give customers what they want?" The book includes case studies ranging from Apple, Netflix, and Google to African water pumps and Brooklyn's Prospect Park. [more inside]
I just published an ebook, small landmarks. It's a visual journal of photography and notebook writing, a meditative account of walking with a camera, finding things, and making connections. I wrote about my experience of publishing it on the Apple iBookstore using iBooks Author, including a few problems I ran into because of the unconventional nature of the book. [more inside]
There are dragons in Silicon Valley. Real, flapping, scaly ones, with teeth and claws; the kind that'll burn your Lower Haight apartment to cinders before you can pivot your way out of there. What's more, it looks like they can be harnessed and sold as a service. Can you say "opportunity"? Herebe is a short novel about Silicon Valley, startups, the battle for ideas ... and dragons. It's my first, and I would love MetaFilter's collective opinion. You can buy it on Amazon.com.
Small landmarks is a book project that I've been serializing on Tumblr. The book combines photographs with notebook writings, mostly drawn from places I've lived over the past few years: Halifax, Montreal and western Newfoundland. The work is about walking, finding things, stringing small moments together into something more. [more inside]
On February 20, 1974, science fiction author Philip K. Dick began a journey into an otherworldly state of being. He was no longer just writing about the fantastic, but entered an utterly strange, strangely compelling, far country of experience. He wrote that he felt the presence of a twin, whom he called Thomas, who he thought must have lived in apostolic days. Many of his thoughts, which he did not neglect to put on paper, are scattered, almost confused, a man who was reaching beyond reality and trying to put the things he found in terms ill suited for the concrete. [more inside]
I recently published my short story collection American Death Songs. "Midnight Rider," starring Ryan Hurst (Opie from Sons of Anarchy), is a filmed monologue of the collection's opening short story, the tale of a stoned man being chased by the cops when he lets the radio decide his fate. It's a funny, sad, weird ride. Directed by Nina Corrado, music by Blake Neely.
I study wildlife on the island of St. Martin in the Lesser Antilles. I created this web site to showcase the fauna of the island and to give people a place to download a book I wrote about it, and other research that I've done. Even though they're fascinating, little islands are often under-studied and poorly understood. I'm trying to change that for St. Martin.
Last June I wrote a series of six blog posts about my autistic son's experience during the final night of operation for Snow White's Scary Adventures at Walt Disney World (MeFi Projects page, posted on the Blue). I was encouraged to write a novel about my son's entire experience, and as of this morning the novel has launched and is available through my website in signed and standard print editions, as well as through Amazon in both print and Kindle editions. [more inside]
I wrote a book of 100 very (very) short stories. Each story is around 100 words. They're mostly all dark/strange/grim, but some of them are funny, too. I self published and released it this week. It's available as ebook, paperback or free PDF download and released under Creative Commons license.
Whenever I see a celebrity, I take a picture of where they just were. 100% For Reals. [more inside]
For its ten-year anniversary, online magazine The Millions has kicked off its new series of shorter-form ebook originals with: Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever. [more inside]
Our apocalyptic anthology is just out! Contains Margaret Atwood's "The Silver Astroturfer," Paolo Bacigalupi's "The People of Sand and Slag," Joyce Carol Oates' "Thanksgiving," Simone Muench's "Wolf Centos," and writing from 32 other authors. [more inside]
Three years ago, I started a blog (as announced previously on Projects). Now that blog is a book, in both paperback and ebook form. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of MeFi. Thanks everyone!
Hey! I wrote another book! My first book Why Not A Spider Monkey Jesus? was about a talking chimpanzee who becomes a televangelist. My new book NewTown is about a cybernetic man-plane battling a con artist for control of an alien spacecraft. Available as a Print Edition or ebook with cover art by Michael Kupperman!
n+1 Magazine has published a book featuring 200 of the letters written as part of Occupy the Boardroom, including two letters that I wrote (2/200? I AM THE 1%). It's $10, and all profits will be donated to campaigns for banking/campaign finance reform, or to other charities. [more inside]
Just put the finishing touches on my second book. It's free for Tuesday and Wednesday for you MeFites (Kindle-only). I like to think of it as the counterpoint to eHarmony's 29 dimensions. Instead of too many checkboxes for your partner to meet, how about two? I believe this principle strikes the right balance between subjective and objective ways of thinking about relationships.
For the last two weeks I have been creating desktop wallpapers based on book covers. The idea was sparked by a very old reddit post where one user asked why there weren't any high resolution images of book covers. I saw that and figured, "Why not high resolution, wallpaper ready versions of book covers?" And since they didn't exist, I started to make them. [more inside]
Life-Altering Experiences is free for the weekend in honor of MetaFilter's 13-year anniversary. The book is based on one of MetaFilter's most fascinating threads. [more inside]
It feels like our world is spinning out of control. We see poverty, disease, and destruction all around us, and as we search for ways to make sense of the chaos, we're turning to new disciplines for answers and solutions. New, creative innovations are needed, and these new approaches demand different methods and different theories. This book is presented as a handbook for teaching and learning how to design for impact. In it, you'll learn how to apply the process of design to large, wicked problems, and how to gain control over complexity by acting as a social entrepreneur. You'll learn an argument for why design is a powerful agent of change, and you'll read practical methods for engaging with large-scale social problems. [more inside]
[Citation Needed] - The Best of Wikipedia's Worst Writing is a collection of some of our all-time favorite entries from the blog of the same name. It has over two hundred examples of so bad it's funny Wikipedia writing with commentary from me and Josh Fruhlinger (from the Comics Curmudgeon blog.) And best of all, it's free for the Kindle for the next few days!
My novel Kino will be published by Atticus Books on Tuesday. It's about a German silent film director whose movies are believed lost during World War II -- until his granddaughter receives a print of his 1927 debut The Tulip Thief under mysterious circumstances... [more inside]
A new, highly collaborative book on the relationship between science and cuisine. With recipes, new takes on old dishes, science, technology, history, and deliciousness. I am one of many authors and very excited to be keeping company with them. You may have heard of Molecular Gastronomy, Experimental Cuisine, Modernist Cuisine - here is some of the thinking and thinkers behind understanding food with science and science with food. First chapter for free here [more inside]
A bunch of cool folks (Jonathan Safran Foer, Nathan Englander, Lemony Snicket) and myself created a new Passover haggadah that will rock your world, or at least your seder. Read more about it via the above link. Order it if you like online, or ask your local indie place to stock a few copies.
I've been running Mirrorshards, my daily microfiction site (previously), for over three years now, relatively quickly closing in on publishing my 1000th story. [more inside]
The Farnam Street Blog posts the best articles from around the internet on psychology, behavioral economics, human misjudgment, persuasion, and other subjects of intellectual interest. @farnamstreet [more inside]
Exactly 50 years ago the artist Cor Blok created about 140 illustrations to accompany The Lord of the Rings, he visited Tolkien who liked his art and bought 3 pieces - the only artist who ever sold his art to Tolkien. In his letters Tolkien once said that if ever an illustrated The Lord of the Rings could be created it would have been Cor Blok who would receive the job. Over the last 5 years I traced back all Cor Blok's art and brought it together in a book called A Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures to accompany The Lord of the Rings that will be released this week by HarperCollins. [more inside]
My middle grade children's horror novel, Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow, has been published by Knopf and is officially available today! I both wrote and illustrated it, and it's loosely based on my art and animated series, Childrin R Skary. Book trailer here.
I'm the artist-in-residence for the city of Kitchener, Ontario this year (2011). My project is to photograph 1,000 or more people within the city to create a photographic documentary of the diversity of our community. [more inside]
I've just published my new book, The Gleaming Part One - Discovery. It's high fantasy and I'm receiving great feedback so far. Part Two should be out in a couple of weeks.
I wrote a book! It's at the printers. I made a website for it that contains the appendix, some supporting information/handouts/links and some other stuff. I used the INFLUX one-pager design (thanks ArcAm) and then I tampered with it. It's fine if you don't buy it. I'm just so happy it's finished.
A year in the making, the book I co-edited is now out! The book includes inventive, thoughtful, and funny pieces in which Jonathan Lethem, Rivka Galchen, Benjamin Kunkel, Joe Meno, Deb Olin Unferth, and many others consider the landscape as the literary world faces a revolution, a sudden change in the way we buy, produce, and read books. [more inside]
I wrote a book designed to teach the essentials of modern business practice. If you're a craftsman, designer, programmer, artist, entrepreneur, or professional, you'll find it quite useful. There's no need to spend $150,000+ to attend business school. Learn the fundamentals on your own, and you'll do just as well - and save a ton of money in the process.
My book Crossing the Heart of Africa just came out today. It's about retracing the 1898-1900 route of the British explorer Ewart Grogan from South Africa to Sudan. He did it to prove to his girlfriend's stepfather that he was worthy of marriage; I did it in part to dispel my own pre-wedding jitters. So it's an adventure-travel-history-romance-memoir. There's a photo gallery, animated map and excerpt. (For anyone who noticed a strange theme to my AskMe questions over the years - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 - this is why. And thanks!)
BASIC DECENCY is a print collection containing the first 44 installments of my webcomic Gentleman's Gentleman, instructing one in the fine art of not being an uncivilized ass. On top of the 44 comic strips, the bonus materials include an illustrated guide to personality types, an awesome Interrobang-created guide to old-timey gentlemanry, an essay by Rebecca Collins on arch-Gentleman Dominick Dunne, and a very embarrassing About The Author photograph.
Ok guys, hypertext novels sure are the worst. Here's another nonetheless. [more inside]
We've started a book club over at The Rumpus. Members of the book club get books before they're released, participate in discussions on the site, and chat with the author of the book at the end of the month just before the book's publication. The basic idea is that we're choosing good, literary books that you wouldn't have heard of otherwise, often published by smaller presses. [more inside]
I have a blog to keep track of all the books I read. I'm trying to read 300 books in 2010! [more inside]
"A mixture of fact, fun, fancy, philosophy, and freaks of adventure." Blogging a humor book from 1857 (hot on the heels of this other Victorian joke blog). Updated daily.
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