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Interview on Command Line about Context

This week on The Command Line podcast, a recording of a live chat between host Thomas Gideon and myself at the New America Foundation, discussing (among other things), my new essay collection Context. (MP3)


Audio version of Context


Jan Rubak has once again set out to create a fan-audiobook of my essays, reading aloud from my book Context as he did with my earlier collection, Content. He's a great reader, and he's uploaded half the book so far, with the rest promised soon. Here's an MP3 of his reading of "Think Like a Dandelion."

"Context" by Cory Doctorow : Jan Rubak : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

(Thanks, Jan!)


Lesson plan based on “Writing in the Age of Distraction”

Travis Poling liked my essay "Writing in the Age of Distraction" from Context well enough to create a lesson plan based on it for his College Composition class.


Context essays on Command Line podcast


Thomas Gideon at the Command Line podcast has done me the honor of selecting a couple of essays from my new collection Context for his latest podcast.


Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century

Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century, my second essay collection, is now officially available from Tachyon Books, and in finer bookstores everywhere. It features an introduction by the estimable Tim O'Reilly, as well as a walloping 44 essays that were previously published in various magazines, newspapers and websites. As with my other books, the whole text is available as a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA download for your remixing pleasure. I'm also in search of libraries and school that would like free copies of the book sent to them by donors.

From Tim's introduction:


Edwin Schlossberg once said “The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” And oh, how we need that skill today!

In times of transition and upheaval, we are literally “off the map” of past experience that is our normal guide to what to expect and how to think about it. It’s at times like these that we need context-setters to shape how we understand and think about the changes facing us.

It was clear from the first that Cory Doctorow is one of the great context-setters of our generation, helping us all to understand the implications of the technology being unleashed around us. We are fortunate that unlike many who practice this trade, who look backward
at recent changes, or forward only a year or two, Cory uses the power of story to frame what is going on in larger terms.

Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century


Context ships!

Today marks the publication of Context, the followup to my 2008 essay collection, Content, sporting a walloping 44 essays from various newspapers, magazines, and websites, along with a spiffing introduction from my friend and hero Tim O'Reilly. Like all my other books, it's a free, Creative Commons licensed download, and like my other books, I'd like you to consider buying a copy, either for yourself or for a library or school.


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