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FLUID Promo 3

Check out the NEW Fluid promo – public embarrassment, innocent bystanders and TRUE FREE WILL.

Have YOU read Fluid yet?

 

Street Magic, Free Will and Fluid

You gotta watch this thing!

FLUID Promotional Trailer #1

A new video promoting the release of FLUID is out – take a look!

Benefits of SOPA?

This SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) conflict just emphasizes what we already know: Money touches everything. But it also suggests that the obvious solutions may actually be the most effective.

Let’s recap: “Money,” as we’ve all been taught, has no inherent worth. At one time, it represented something called “gold,” but that was back when David Bowie was doing his best Lady Gaga impression. Today, money is just shorthand, a representation of power, a centralized, somewhat-monitored method of putting time, energy, goods, and services on a level, exchangeable playing field. The E=MC2 of work, if you will. And when we allow that power to be centralized in the hands of a few, those few are going to do their darndest to keep that power intact. That’s what Darwin called the law of nature and David Bowie called “common sense.” Read more

Fluid and the Digital Media Revolution

I love books. Love ‘em. And amidst the cacophony of digital media buzzwords that blew out our ears last year, buzzwords like “transmedia” and “expanded content,” one horrifying declaration was repeated enough times to fill a musty library:The Traditional Novel is Dying. The argument was simple: We eat our media differently now, cut it into smaller bytes, and the experience of a solitary author speaking to a single reader was an event going the way of laser light shows. Like all art forms, the novel was being pushed to embrace new technology, to expand and adapt while still maintaining its essence. But how? Read more

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami: A Review

“Maybe it’s a paradox, like an image reflected to infinity in a pair of facing mirrors. I am a part of this world, and this world is a part of me.”

Not being a traditional book reviewer, and this not being a traditional book, it seems appropriate to begin at the beginning – with the packaging and design. 1Q84 (the “Q” is a pun on the homophone kyu, “nine” in Japanese, and stands for “question”) by Haruki Murakami is an event from the moment you pick it up. In this age of digital words and scrolling text, the U.S. printing of 1Q84 (Alfred A. Knopf) is clearly meant to be an experience. Clocking in at a hefty 925 pages and wrapped in elegant translucent garb, the book is an exercise in dichotomy before the cover is even cracked. The layout of the book is clever, with mirror-reflected page numbers and scrolling introductory text that underscores the novel’s themes of time and the dual natures of reality. It would also be remiss to ignore the elegance of the translation. Not speaking word one of Japanese, I can only imagine the daunting task of conveying the strange poetry of Murakami, but these translators (Jay Rubin for Books 1 and 2, Philip Gabriel for Book 3) maintain the sparse haunting elegance of the prose without a glitch – no easy task in an alternate reality where orgiastic foursomes get the same amount of detached observance as the shredding of a daikon root. Read more

Artists and Skeptics in OWS

During times of conflict, nations and individuals are inevitably confronted with a few key questions. What the fuck were we doing again? Why did it matter? Why is Snooki here?

No matter what you do or who you are, you inevitably find a purpose for existence. That is, you find reasons why the world needs your skill set, be it confidant, agitator, comedian, athlete, or number-cruncher. As the floodwaters rose in New Orleans, as the buildings crumbled in Chile, organizers and philanthropists got off their asses and motivated the rest of us. Incapacitated by the sheer size of the tragedy, we needed those groups to nudge, prod, and poke our brains into action. Only then could we become a part of the solution instead of an anchor on the problem. On September 11, 2001, it was the police, the firefighters, the able-bodied men and women who pointed us in the right direction. On Sundays, it’s Drew Brees who inspires and leads. On weekdays, it’s the teachers. At nights, the chefs. We all have our place. We all have our goals. We all have someone who needs us.  Read more