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The thing you always forget about performing is how quickly it happens. There’s an interminable amount of stuff that has to take place before a production, whether we’re talking a short film, a play, or a reading involving five performers converging on an old-time prestige venue like the Cornelia St Cafe.

That third one is a little specific, isn’t it.

Yesterday we had a live reading of Hot Mess: speculative fiction about climate change here in New York City. And by “we,” I mean everybody, with the exception of RJ, who wrote to us from New Zealand. Before about 4pm, the day is a blur. Literally a blur. I remember the gist of what I did: mostly sleep, since the night before was a rush of adrenaline and preparation and as with all these things, there never seems to be enough time. (Note “seems” – this is significant.)

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Free! Feminist! Robots! SASSY SINGULARITY is free-for-a-day on KDP

Last week was National Robot week, and I really meant to give you all something cool to read about robots. Luckily, I came home tonight to see a note from Sare Liz Gordy, letting me know a promo was about to start on a project we worked on several months ago.

In February, I took part in an anthology titled Sassy Singularity, about the strength of singledom. Most of the writers came from the romance genre; most of the stories reflect the conventions of that genre. All of the stories were written by women, and they cover multiple points of view and approaches to story.

My contribution to the anthology was a little…shall we say…quirky. Titled Sweetheart, and told from the perspective of a former Service Bot (I’ll let you read between the lines as far as what type of service), it’s about a future where a rogue hacker disrupts an artificial offshoot of the world’s oldest profession.

On Wednesday, 4/18,  Sassy Singularity will be on an Amazon Kindle Select promo for one day. If you’re interested in reading Sweetheart, it’s not currently available anywhere else, and you’ll get a handful of other romance stories along with it.

So if you have a Kindle and you feel like taking advantage of one of SASSY SINGULARITY‘s free promo days by downloading a copy of the book…do it.

FOR SCIENCE.

(And if you enjoy Sassy, check out my other Kindle work, including recent release Hot Mess: speculative fiction about climate changetoo!)

Remember the time North Korea launched that missile?

It’s been a long day, and I’m tired, so I’ll try to keep this short.

I was meeting a friend at an upscale social club – the kind filled with leather chairs and shelves of old books, not the kind with pulsing music – oohing and aahing at relics from a different age – when I glanced down at Twitter and saw an update from Reuters: North Korea had launched a missile. As my friend walked up to me, I wondered, should I say something? There wasn’t much either of us could do, given the situation. And maybe a stately townhouse on NYC’s Upper East Side wasn’t the worst place in the world to sit out the last few hours before nuclear armageddon. Not that I have an overactive imagination, or anything.

So I put my phone away and we wandered around the club and she showed me some of the artifacts, including things like narwhal tusks and king penguins; old presidents’ hunting trophies and double elephant tusks. Macabre signals of an imperialist age, mementos of the geographic and naturalistic explorations of the club’s members over the decades.

But not just mementos: also memento mori. Reminders of our ever-present mortality.

A strange juxtaposition of moments and impressions. We left, and as I glanced at my phone again to check for updates, I saw that North Korea’s missile had not launched successfully. Nor, from what I can tell via googling, was it nuclear. Small comforts.

Memento mori.

Theater Review: MANGELLA by Ken Ferrigni at The Drilling Company

To those who know me off this blog (and probably a number of you on it), the news that I’ve been a geek since before it was cool isn’t going to come as any big surprise. Partly because of that, and partly because of a project I’m working on that uses disruptive technology as the axel for its narrative, I went to see Mangella by Ken Ferrigni – a cyber thriller about a man (Anthony Manna) trapped in a logic loop with his computer Gabriella (Ali Perlwitz), his aging, dementia-ridden father (Bob Austin McDonald), and Lilly (Hannah Wilson), the hooker who’s come to save him from it all.

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The start of America’s Tahrir square? Photos from #occupywallstreet

I went downtown today and spoke to some of the people who are in the process of trying to occupy wall street, as part of the #ourwallstreet protest.

The actual protest is not taking place on Wall Street – Wall Street has been barricaded off, and some of  the video I uploaded to YouTube earlier today shows NYPD officers talking to individuals. (I saw a number of NYPD and there did not appear to be conflict between the police and the demonstrators, interactions seemed peaceful.).

The dislocation between physical and mental space is is somehow appropriate, since the actual centers of power being protested – lobbyists, corporations – are probably not located on Wall Street, ether. I don’t think this dislocation invalidates the symbolism of the location that has been picked.

Here are some photos I took. Videos will be added to my YouTube channel.

Self-Governed Masses – Trend of the Future?

Earlier on Reddit, I came across an article that talked about how Iceland was “crowdsourcing” a revision of its constitution. As I understand it, each clause of the constitution will be presented for revision, then a “final draft” will be offered for public referendum.  Pretty incredible stuff; it got me thinking about government in general: the reasons for it, the ways in which it works, and how its citizenry relates to it. How does a government begin? How does it endure?*
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THEATER REVIEW: “WTC View” at 59E59th

Brian Sloan’s WTC View is a post 9/11 drama that reveals the individual traumas and experiences of New Yorkers (and others), after the towers fell. Already produced as a film in 2005, now the show is given an airing as dramatic theater at 59E59th. (For those interested in such things, the original film starred Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie in the central role, played here by Nick Lewis.

Sloan has a keen ear for language, and the actors allow his dialogue to roll easily over the audience. The set, a simple wooden floor with a window at one end and a doorway at the other – plus a few scattered boxes – is laid out between two rows of audience members; you can see your fellow attendees on the other side of the action.

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