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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 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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IT DIDN'T START WITH YOU (Book 1/52 review).⁣⁣⁣⁣
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My therapist recommended this book as part of my ongoing EMDR work. (My first two 2019 books are trauma books, and then we'll get back to some fun fiction and non-fiction.)⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The good: ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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I found the exercises in the book helpful in terms of placing words and phrases to what I'm working through. There's never a time when that's bad! ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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And the author's explanations of how to frame those into a toolset that helps you better understand your problems were also good.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The bad:⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The writing about the science was dubious. It felt Gladwell-ian. (He's notoriously slippery when it comes to explaining hard and social science to a general population.)⁣⁣⁣⁣
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I spoke with some research scientists who said the author's explanations of the hard science behind is work was...not exactly as advertised.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Overall:⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The book was okay, but not great. I was a technology journalist (Wired, MIT's Technology Review) so I'm reluctant to recommend books that get the science wrong. But if you toss that aside, the written exercises offer some guidance for people working to understand and put into words traumas they are working through.⁣⁣⁣
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FREE download of my latest single for Carnegie Mellon's ETC Press —> Frankenstein’s Legacy: Four Conversations about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Modern World.⁣

All you need to do is click on the link in my bio, check out the sidebar, and click on the image at the top of the page. (You'll recognize it as the image you're looking at here.)⁣

Then just sign up for my newsletter + the free PDF is yours.⁣

Oh: While I have you here, don't forget the first ten people to leave a podcast review (same link as the one where you get the PDF) at Apple or Stitcher will get a print version of one of my books.⁣

Subscribe to the podcast. Take a listen. Leave a review. Then hit me up here, through my website, or my FB author page (that's right under the newsletter sign up at...you guessed it, the link in my bio.⁣

Please and thank you!⁣

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Exercise the body, mind, and soul.⁣

I'm back to Olympic lifting training after a terrible calf strain and a bout of the flu mixed with holiday travel. ⁣

When I lift, I don't listen to music. I listen to Audible books. It's a three-fer: moving my body, exercising my mind, and filling my soul.⁣

Current reading: SAPIENS, which is a overview of how we—and our culture—evolved. ⁣

(Aside: You might also like COMING OF AGE IN THE MILKY WAY, which is an overview of how all science and math evolved as told through a series of short biographies).⁣

So—recommendation time. What audiobooks are you listening to these days?⁣

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My creative writing environment is decorated with books written by my friends (and people on #TheDowntownWritersJam podcast), artwork done by my friends, crafts from local artisans, work I've backed on #Kickstarter, and posters + other work from artists I love.⁣

Today, @robynadeleanderson's picture and t-shirt arrived (to go along with my poster + VIP badge from the Pittsburgh show)!⁣

This weekend it's picture hanging time.⁣

Can't wait to add these to my front hall collection: a @pmjofficial signed picture from its first Toronto show, @zachbraf's poster from the Kickstarter-backed WISH I WAS HERE Chicago premiere, and a signed BOOK OF MORMON cast poster.⁣

I love sitting down to write surrounded by reminders of the awesome shit people make! ⁣

Tell me about your creative spaces!!!⁣

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"All you gotta do is trust me. That's all you gotta do."⁣

New episodes of The Downtown Writers Jam podcast are coming next week. (Link in the bio!)⁣

Reviews are how people find our show—and I need your help.⁣

Be one of the first ten people to let us know what you think, and I'll send you a copy of one of my books (Dungeons & Dreamers or Frankenstein's Legacy).⁣

That's all you gotta do!⁣

So—Head over to Apple, Google Play, or Stitcher and subscribe, listen, and let us know what you think.⁣

Then—send me a message on IG, through my website, or my FB author page + I'll get you hooked up.⁣

Bonus: You'll get to hear great conversations with amazing writers.⁣

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