Filed under: Enthusiasms | Tags: Fuck Me Ray Bradbury, NSFW, Rachel Bloom, Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction
Comedienne Rachel Bloom brings some 90’s power pop sensibility to this video homage to Ray Bradbury.
You remember Ray Bradbury, right? The author of Fahrenheit 69?
Good lascivious literary fun!
“Something wicked this way comes… and by ‘comes‘ I mean ejaculates on a book.”
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: BookMadam Posts
We’ve all been there. A family member or friend has become possessed by some malevolent force from beyond this realm and we need some help.
Traditional store-bought solutions prove fruitless and even personalized phone messages from the likes of John Tesh aren’t helping.
Luckily, there’s a recent street poster campaign in Vancouver that offers some alternatives:
Oh, alright, I’m kidding about the whole demonic possession* thing, but this ad pasted to a telephone pole on Commercial Drive caught my attention earlier today.
I took the photo and uploaded it to Facebook right away. That started a conversation as people wondered WTF was going on with this.
A savvy telegenic exorcist with a street team and a twitter account?
Does that even make any sense? What dimension are we in again?
Some research into the website that’s mentioned on the poster – ChurchofStMarks.com – reveals that it’s all a part of a clever online/social media campign in support of a brand new Lionsgate horror film called The Last Exorcism.
Thanks to my nefarious friend, Katie Kruger for doing some eldritch online research and digging up this amazing Chatroulette sequence.
I don’t know if the movie is any good but the social media campaign built around it certainly shows some imagination.
(I should probably go see the movie and write something more in-depth about it.)
* If you or someone you know is actually possessed by a demon or the ghost of Martin Short please contact @NicBoshart for a book deal.
(cross-posted from the BookMadam site)
Filed under: Events | Tags: Mark Neale, No Maps for These Territories, Pattern Recognition, Post-Geographic, William Gibson, Zero History
As the publication of William Gibson’s Zero History creeps ever closer – and the possibility of an interview with the author on BOTR arises – I’ve been performing some informal research.
Above, I’ve posted a short video excerpt from a movie made in the late nineties by Mark Neale called No Maps for These Territories.
Here’s how the movie is described on wikipedia:
On an overcast morning in 1999, William Gibson, father of cyberpunk and author of the cult-classic novel Neuromancer, stepped into a limousine and set off on a road trip around North America. The limo was rigged with digital cameras, a computer, a television, a stereo, and a cell phone. Generated entirely by this four-wheeled media machine, No Maps for These Territories is both an account of Gibson’s life and work and a commentary on the world outside the car windows. Here, the man who coined the word “cyberspace” offers a unique perspective on Western culture at the edge of the new millennium, and in the throes of convulsive, tech – driven change.
That’s just too amazing. I cannot wait to get my hands on this movie.
I think that we should host a post-geographic screening in Vancouver at W2 Storyeum some time very soon.
Filed under: Enthusiasms | Tags: AT&T, Boxcar Marketing, Monique Trottier, The Future
Thanks to my friend Monique Trottier for pointing out this series of strangely imperative tv ads from the days before Amazon.
What will the world look like 17 years from now?
Filed under: Events | Tags: #BNC10, #BNC11, Booknet Canada, BookOven, Dominique Raccah, Hugh McGuire, Ian Barker, Richard Nash, Symtext
I attended the 2010 version of the BNC Tech Forum and it was interesting and educational. I wrote about it here.
Bob Miller and Richard Nash rocked the opening slots, Dominique Raccah delivered a great presentation, Ian Barker of SymText and Hugh McGuire of BookOven provided much-needed balance to the paranoia-inducing RFID session.
There was a party at the Pour House afterward courtesy of the awesomeness of Open Book Toronto and the Book Madam. Guinness was consumed, I got to catch up with David Leonard, Clare Hitchens and Kimberly Walsh among many others.
All was good in with the world.
But now maybe it’s time to start thinking about taking the next step, from attending/organizing conferences to crafting a presentation that will create discussion. Help to move the conversation forward.
I’ve been working on the above presentation for a few months now – sharing/openness/P2P/infinite digital space – and I will be presenting it at the Surrey International Writers Conference later in October.
Can this presentation be recast and improved enough to be accepted for BNC11 in March? I think that it can.
Any suggestions on what direction I should take it? Thoughts on what/where I should focus?
Filed under: Enthusiasms | Tags: Putnam, Vancouver, William Gibson, Zero History
Hubertus Bigend returns to us again in William Gibson’s new novel, Zero History, from Putnam.
Dropping in early September the book is positioned to rampage across the crowded fall book season.
Very much looking forward to the arrival of Zero History. We’ll definitely be reviewing it here and working on getting an interview.