What we’re talking about when we’re not talking about the book

I’m not going to talk about the book this week. Let’s discuss other things. And let’s keep it light, because why not. I’m sitting in the studio by myself. Got Galaxie 500 on the stereo really loud. And I’m in a good mood. It’s not gonna last, so let’s make the most of it.

What we’re listening to…

No sooner do I type that, than my friend Lance sends me a link to some 10 year old article called “The 50 Albums That Shaped Punk Rock” which gets my immediate attention because I have opinions on this stuff. But before you click on that link be aware that list doesn’t contain The Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime, which is objectively the greatest album ever made. So if you do click on that and start scrolling through and thinking “it must be next” and then getting to the end without finding it, please realize you might get angry, storm off, and need to go for a walk. Possibly while texting your therapist. This is especially egregious because yesterday was D Boon’s birthday. He would’ve been 61.

So fuck that list, here’s my better and more shorter list of the 5 albums that shaped punk rock:

  1. The Minutemen—Double Nickels on the Dime

  2. X—Los Angeles

  3. The Clash

  4. The Cramps—Psychedelic Jungle

  5. Bikini Kill—EP

As for who’s worth listening to right now, holy shit The Idles and Fucked Up just put out really amazing albums recently. They’re worth your time and attention.

Still not talking about the book.

What we’re reading…

Been on a little bit of a sci-fi kick lately. Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night is a very good book filled with excellent world-building and good story telling. The book takes place on a tidally-locked planet, meaning it doesn’t rotate. Like our moon. So the side that’s away from the sun is always away from the sun, and vice vera, giving the inhabitants a very very small sliver of inhabitable space. That is, the type of inhabitants that look like us. But not everybody looks like us. And that’s where hope lies!

Oh, and my friend Austin Kleon has a new book out today. Keep Going! You should buy it.

Ok, still not talking about my book.

Let’s hang out!

If you live in or around Louisville, Kentucky I am headed out your way. Doing a new talk called Let’s Destroy Silicon Valley on May 16, and then a presentation workshop on May 17. I will work hard to make both worth your time.

If you live in Vancouver, I’m swinging by to speak at Design Thinkers on May 28th and 29th. Also doing the Let’s Destroy Silicon Valley talk.

If you want to hang out with me somewhere else drop me a line and we’ll see if we can make it happen.

Argh.

Ok, I gotta talk about the book…

The book comes out on April 12. I’m excited for you to read it. It’s the culmination of stuff I’ve been talking about for a few years: how we’ve designed things so quickly, and without regard to the long-term effects they’re having on society. We’re seeing those chickens coming home to roost right now. So I think it’s a good time to be releasing it out into the world. If you’ve ever found yourself at a job where you felt things you we’re being asked to do weren’t quite right—this book is for you. You are not alone. There are others out there. Let’s find them.

A couple of things: There IS a physical copy of the book. You’ll see it on release day. For some reason that I do not understand, Amazon doesn’t let you do pre-orders on self-published paperbacks. Just ebooks. So if you’re an ebook reader, go ahead and pre-order! Please. If you’re a tactile sort, hold on. It’s coming.

I’m really proud of this one.

If you’re looking for excerpts, I published one, and Buzzfeed News also did a thing.

If you read it and it means something to you, please let the world know. Tweet it, write a thing, leave a review, get a tattoo, hire one of those skywriting planes.


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