Broad Band The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet By Claire L. Evans

March 3rd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’m in a book! I’m in a book! It’s called Broad Band (great title) and it’s about some of the women who were involved with computers and the internet early on.

“Claire Evans tells the story like a friend who knows you get bored easily; a generous sort of brilliance that pulled me right in. This is a radically important, timely work.” —MIRANDA JULY, filmmaker, artist, and author of The First Bad Man.

I’m nervous about reading the section about me, but I’m looking forward to reading the early history, and hope to learn about a lot of people.

Vice is hosting an event on Monday, March 5, and my friend Marisa Bowe, founder and editor of WORD, is also going to be on the panel. Should be fun!

I may also be a guest along with Claire Evans on NPR’s Science Friday the following Friday, March 9th, and if that happens I will die of pride. I love that show.

“Broad Band is thrilling, powerful stuff. At once an electric feminist history of modern tech and a much-needed corrective to the hyper-male mythology of Silicon Valley, Evans’s compelling, surprising, and eminently readable work restores due credit to the countless brilliant women who made the connected world into what it is today. This book should be required reading for anyone who’s interested in how the future is actually made.” —BRIAN MERCHANT, author of The One Device.


February 27th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Yesterday I walked downtown along the Hudson River to see Annihilation, which was both good and bad. It was beautiful, and the sound effects were amazing (the best part I thought) but it wasn’t enough for me emotionally. Maybe I should have read the book first?

Walking back I took pictures of seagulls. I don’t trust their innocent “oh we’re just looking out at the water” line-up there.

Public Speaking is in my near future. A lot.

February 25th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

My fabulous publicist at Algonquin Books is setting up lots of readings and events for my book, which I should start listing, and I’ve been working on presentations to get ready.

At the moment I’m glad for the events, but also terrified. I’ve done this so many times now. This is my sixth book. When am I going to stop being so scared??

That building in Gramercy Park. That I don’t get to live in.

Gramercy Park Building

No Heat or Hot Water. I need a Mental Health Day.

February 23rd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

There’s no heat or hot water in my apartment this morning. I think I’ll just take the day off and head out to the movies in a little while. I want to see Annihilation. What other pampering things can I do for myself? Drink hot chocolate. Curl up with a book when I get back.

That reminds me. I want to try to get a picture of me and the cats on the couch. I don’t like to move when there’s a sleeping cat on me. Now I have to deal with three. It’s mostly a pain in the ass, but also very soothing and mood-lifting.

A perfectly manicured, and well-kept apartment building. Where was this?? Oh god. I am that old person. But I think this was around the Met.

This Window is Looking a Little Sad These Days

February 22nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’ve been passing by this basement window for years, and I posted about it four years ago. I wonder if the person who decorates this window is no longer with us, or is simply not into it anymore. It just looks like they are not making the effort they once did.

Oh god, is that all our fates, this winding down? Except then I think of people like Hillary Clinton, running around the country running for president, being grilled by congress for eleven hours and remaining articulate and poised. Or John McCain showing up for votes with a brain tumor. I don’t know why I picked politicians as examples, I guess they came to mind because of the current climate. I worry all the time. But Stephen Hawking is still working.