Instead of writing poetry about nature or falling in love for the first time, Tiffany Atkinson’s third book of poetry, So Many Moving Parts, is an unabashed ode to the modern era and all of our delightfully eccentric ways. Mundane, everyday tasks such as commuting to and from work, traveling to other countries, and even baby sitting are pushed into the spotlight as Atkinson’s lyrical poetry and striking imagery muses on how our modern conveniences can be quite helpful. However, Atkinson is also critical of our modern era and many of her poems show in great detail how it can be difficult to connect with one another in such an unstable physical world.
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Anthony Doerr, the award-winning writer behind the novel All The Light We Cannot See, sat down with Simon & Schuster to talk about where he got the inspiration for his World War II era novel. In the video he tells a story about how he noticed a man in front of him one day complaining about his cell reception. Doerr thought it was odd, as the stranger took for granted the gift of technology that allowed him to talk to someone far away. It was his epiphany about the miracle of technology that finally got the novelist to sit down and write a piece based on how awesome it is to be able to talk to someone using a small metal object, because “for most of the history of humanity, that was a strange idea.” Whether it’s a cell phone or a radio, Doerr ends the interview by saying that he hoped he accurately portrayed the magic of communicating with someone from a far distance and how technology has always captured our minds, even from the very beginning.
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Nowadays it seems like everyone can’t live without his or her gadgets. Whether it’s a shiny new Macbook Pro for Junior or a Seamless app on your iPhone so you never even have to leave your house to order food, we’ve become so much more complacent in our lives thanks to technology. However, the book trailer for Lauren Miller’s upcoming YA novel Free to Fall will make readers uncomfortable about where the future is headed. In a not-so-distant Earth, there’s an app that makes every single decision for you, and a young girl named Rory must fight to make her own choices.
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Phillip Stearns’s computer-to-cloth transcription project is interesting enough in its own right, as evinced by the short clip above. But even if material representations of the digital aren’t your thing, you might find the video interesting for other reasons. Its neutrally coded narration, simple but informative cinematography, and unobtrusive electronic score reminded me of decades older short films showcasing the technology of the future, calmly and patiently explaining the processes involved, as if their value is self-evident. But maybe I’m just really impressed by modern-day looms, which I’d never seen before. Give the video a look and let me know if I’m being ridiculous. (I can handle honesty.)
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