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Brad King  Author | Host The Downtown Writers Jam podcast | Editor @cmuetcpress | @sxsw interactive advisory board | alum: @wired @techreview Berkeley J-school

I posted this image to Twitter on Saturday night, and the next 48 hours descended into glorious madness.⁣ (@thebradking, obv.)⁣
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5.2 million impressions and 585,000 engagements later, #GenX came out for our annual airing of grievances.⁣⁣
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The weirdest part: getting texts and calls on Sunday morning from friends who live all around the world telling me I'd gone viral. ⁣⁣
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The best part: making a conscious effort to build kind, smart digital spaces this year—just like the kind that shaped so much of my life. So far, I've only blocked one person—and I've responded in as many of the 1,000+ threads as I could.⁣⁣
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More importantly, people have genuinely connected with each other, laughed at our childhoods, and shared stories. (I'm working on several round-up posts.)⁣⁣
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I lost count of the number of people who posted, tagged me, or sent notes to say how joyous the threads were. ⁣⁣
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I can't fix the Web. But what a beautiful reminder that WE can build and shape the neighborhood where we live.⁣⁣
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I work with lots of young and early-career writers on editing, crafting proposals, and (sometimes) self-publishing.⁣

The coolest project I've ever been involved: Silas Gibson, my friend John's kid who just published his first book, SOME MONSTERS LOOK LIKE THIS. (Silas is five or six, I think. The book is available on Amazon.)⁣

His dad ain't no slouch either. He's a filmmaker I taught with at Northern Kentucky University. He produced the full-length feature REVELATION TRAIL, which you can watch on Amazon Prime streaming. (And you should.)⁣

Surround yourself with good, smart, creative people and your life with be full.⁣

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ALIEN and ALIENS are two of my favorite science-fiction movies. (There are no other movies in the franchise. None. Do you hear me? None.)⁣

I love the intimate submarine story in the first and the all-out-war story in the second. Each, in its own way, is genre-leading in terms of film.⁣

But, like Blade Runner, I dug the not-to-subtle critique of techno-capitalism in an age when science and technology very clearly became indistinguishable from magic.⁣

So—when Audible put out a full cast story that takes place between Alien and Aliens, well, I was all in. Plus the story—which is far more ALIEN than ALIENS—pits Ellen Ripley and a group of unwitting miners against her old foes. ⁣

While the story doesn't really add much to the Alien universe—it really is a mash-up of the two movies—it's still fun as hell to be back with Ripley (although she feels a little less feminist badass in the book, but not offensively so). ⁣

I so much enjoyed the short book—only four hours and thirty-one minutes—that I made dinner, sat on my couch, and spent the evening listening to the audio play!⁣

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When I purchase audiobooks, they tend to be in one of three categories: full cast productions (like audio plays), super-fluff science fiction, and non-narrative non-fiction.⁣

SAPIENS falls into the third category—and I'm so happy that I listened to it.⁣

The book chronicles the rise of Homo sapiens from our earliest days on through the very near future, gently walking the reader through the complex issues of empire building, the development of cultures, and the ethical examinations of what it means to even be human.⁣

Much like Timothy Ferris did in COMING OF AGE IN THE MILKY WAY, a book that chronicles the rise of science and math beginning in a time that had neither until today, SAPIENS takes for a 60,000 year ride and forces you to reconsider how you think about yourself—and our human culture.⁣

This isn't a dogmatic book meant to challenge your socio-political views. Instead, it glides over human history and asks you to consider things like happiness, placemaking, and identity—and to do that for each age of man.⁣

The book was so good that I changed several routines. Instead of the morning news, I fired up SAPIENS as I made breakfast. Instead of listening to podcasts at the gym, I listened to SAPIENS.⁣

I just can't recommend this book enough!⁣

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I'm taking a little break from reading therapy books. Too much at one time sends me too far down the rabbit hole. (I got the proper permissions on that decision.)⁣⁣
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Instead, I'm reading SMASHED, which was given to me by my friend @karensbooksrow. Then I'm going to read all of @elizabethwurtel's books—and try to get her on #TheDowntownWritersJam podcast.⁣⁣
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When I read more, I write more. I'm looking forward to being inspired by @korenzailckas and Elizabeth!⁣⁣
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What's on your bookstand these days?⁣⁣
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I live next door to a family of five. I see the mom playing with her two little girls all the time. (They love Maxx the 🐕!)⁣

The four year old built this little snowperson this weekend. Each afternoon, she goes outside to make sure everything is in place.⁣

My favorite part of the day: checking in to see what she added!

I've had a rough couple days. Therapy, working through life, and trying to figure things out ain't always easy.⁣

So, I was happy to see these two catalogues arrive in the mail today. A little "get outta your head" medicine for when it's too cold and wet to hike.⁣

Online classes and big books FTW.⁣

What are your "get out of your head" cures?⁣

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Just finished Sarah Kendzior's collected columns in her book THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY.⁣⁣ (2/52)

There's much to enjoy about the book.⁣

She's good at turning a phrase. I have a system for marking quotable quotes. Each column had one or two really good turn-of-phrases. (That may not sound like much, but I dare you to try it.)⁣

The book contained so many themes from SO FAR APPALACHIA that I had to like it. But her columns were responding to events—from just a few years ago—in real time. This felt like a walk back through history.⁣

Since these are columns and not essays, you can quickly knock through chapters and parts. (An agent once called them "bathroom reads" because you can leave the book in the bathroom and knock out a chapter or two each trip. Yes—welcome to the publishing world. These books sell REALLY well as you can imagine. 💩)⁣

If you're a progressive, you'll enjoy the politics. And—she's not passive about her arguments. That's a rarity.⁣

The only thing I didn't enjoy—and this is truly a personal preference: I prefer essays to columns. (Writerly nerd out.)⁣

I prefer a depth of subject to the short, news-hook argument.⁣

But that's not what she was writing—and that's not what you should expect. It's less a view of flyover country and more a response to flare-ups in flyover country.⁣

Still, I sat down and read the book in one sitting (NOT in the bathroom) because it's smart, well-written, on point, and unapologetic. I dig that.⁣
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I'm taking a break from EMDR reading to finish Sarah Kendzior's collected columns in her book THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY.⁣

She hits so many themes that are in SO FAR APPALACHIA, but she was writing in real time so the columns really resonate.⁣

This one in particular hit home as a GenXer watching the shutdown today and remembering the shutdown then.⁣

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I've said it before and I'll say it again: I work in the coolest place on earth. ⁣

The Entertainment Technology Center houses the Carnegie Mellon's ETC Press, where I get to edit and publish books about games, entertainment, AI, VR, immersive environments, education, and society.⁣

The only problem I have: remembering to make time for my own work instead of getting caught up in the magic that's all around me.⁣

Maintaining my focus as a writer while working in a real-life comic book is a challenge.⁣

Excelsior!⁣

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