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Andri Snaer Magnason at Birdwaves, Time Traveling and Dream Harvesting: Contemporary Sci-Fi and Geek Culture
March 1, 2013
To kick off the Sci-Fi Fortnight at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Andri Snaer Magnason participated in the panel “Birdwaves, Time Traveling and Dream Harvesting: Contemporary Sci-Fi and Geek Culture” alongside Sean Ferrel, Stephen H. Segal, and NK Jeminsin.
During the event, Andri focused his reading around ideas. He read from LoveStar’s manifesto:
“An idea hijacks the brain, pushes away feelings and memories, makes you neglect friends and relations, and drives you toward a single goal, that of launching the idea into the world. An idea takes over the speech centers, allowing access only to itself, it steals your appetite, reduces your need for sleep, and induces the brain to produce a chemical that is stronger than amphetamines and can keep you going for months at a time.”
If you didn’t make it out to the reading, follow this link to catch up. Pick up your copy of Andri’s Phillip K.
February 28, 2013
Birdwaves, Time Traveling and Dream Harvesting: Contemporary Sci-Fi and Geek Culture featuring Andri Snaer Magnason
February 27, 2013
Andri Snaer Magnason, author of LoveStar and Philip K. Dick Award nominee, will be at Housing Works Wednesday, February 27th at 7pm to celebrate science fiction writing. Alongside Sean Ferrel (The Man in the Empty Suit, Soho Press February 2013) and Stephen H. Segal (Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, Quirk Books 2011), Magnason will be discussing LoveStar and science-fiction writing. All the authors will be available for book signings.
In LoveStar, nominated for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award, he enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, technology, and science to run rampant over all aspects of daily life. Cordless modern men and women are paid to howl advertisements at unsuspecting passers-by, REGRET machines eliminate doubt over roads not taken, soul mates are identified and brought together (while existing, unscientifically validated relationships are driven remorselessly asunder), and rocketing the dead into the sky becomes both a status symbol and a beautiful, cathartic show for those left behind.
April 11, 2012
New York City!
On the five-year anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s passing, Housing Works is holding a celebration of Vonnegut’s life and works. Come on at 7pm on April 11th to a truly special event, where Lee Stringer and others will be giving readings.
Hosted by Brendan Jay Sullivan (author of Texts, Drugs & Rocknroll, forthcoming from Harper Perennial) and featuring readings by:
- Joe Garden (The Onion)
- David Goodwillie (American Subversive)
- Dave Hill (Comedian, Author of Tasteful Nudes: and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation)
- Cat Marnell (XOJane.com)
- Songs inspired by Vonnegut from the Bushwick Book Club
- PLUS More Special Guests TBA!
And a special silent auction including a watercolor donated by Mark Vonnegut.
Click here to learn more.
This event will take place at the Housing Works Cafe:
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012
October 17, 2011Vietnam War scholar Fred Wilcox talks about the effects of chemical warfare on the Vietnamese people and their environment. Even today, more than 3 million people—including 500,000 children—are sick and dying from birth defects, cancer, and other illnesses that can be directly traced to Agent Orange/dioxin exposure. Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam, the first book to examine long-term consequences of chemical warfare there, and the effects on future generations. Listen to the interview here or download the audio. Monday, October 17, 2011, Fred Wilcox will be in conversation with Noam Chomsky at Housing Works at 4pm.