About the Book:Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes is an anthology of forty-three interviews with minds of all kinds. Disinformation named it "among the most important books published in 2007," and Erik Davis called it "a crisp and substantial remix of the major memes of the last decade or so."
Spanning over seven years, Follow for Now includes interviews with such luminaries as Bruce Sterling, Douglas Rushkoff, Philip K. Dick, Aesop Rock, Howard Bloom, David X. Cohen, Richard Saul Wurman, N. Katherine Hayles, Manuel De Landa, Shepard Fairey, Steven Johnson, Geert Lovink, Brenda Laurel, and many, many more -- and interviews by John Brockman, Erik Davis, DJ Spooky, and Mark Dery, among others (click here for the full Table of Contents)... Read more
For the early adopters out there, Follow for Now is now available on Amazon’s digital reader, The Kindle. Now you can get all forty-three interviews, all the pictures, all the goodness, in Amazon’s digital format.
The interviews in this book are bite-size and in-depth by design, so the portability of The Kindle fits its style. The Kindle now sports sixteen shades of gray for clean, clear text and crisper images, and it’s really small and portable. You can check out sample interviews from the book before you decide, but if you’re super impatient, you can get your interview fix in less than a minute.
Follow for Now started off as a digital creation, so maybe this format is its proper home.
Anyway, if you’ve made the jump from atoms to bits with your books, now you can add Follow for Now to your collection.
This raggedy used copy of Follow for Now was spotted at Half-Price Books here in Austin, appropriately placed next to a Marshall McLuhan book.
There’s just not much interesting material being covered, even in the music and literature sections, which I feel a lot more comfortable with than, say, the science section. Like when Christopher interviews Milemarker—and time has still not proven to me that they were anything but a pretty boring band made up of some decent writers—and in lieu of trying to make Al Burian squirm a bit or trying to bring a bit of life to a band that’s always been celebrated for its coldness, he asks them “whom they read and respect.” Honestly, man—I couldn’t give a flying shit how some space-rock band has been using their library cards.
In contrast — and though he means it pejoratively — he nails it when he says, “Follow for Now unfortunately seems more interested in the ideas being presented regarding technology, media, literature, etc. than the interviews themselves.” Well, yeah!
Anyway, Rosson may have missed the point of the book, but I appreciate the attention as always.No comments
The title comes from the lyrics of a Public Enemy song, which is the equivalent of a Jesus fish drawn in the sand for white guys raised in the 1980s. So all of you Wired subscribers who jam Handsome Boy Modeling School and know what “Obey Giant” means, you are among friends.
However, as much as I like guys who like old school hip-hop, Follow for Now has some issues. First of all, the terribly pretentious and off-putting front matter ought to be addressed, lest an unsuspecting reader open up the book and get so icked out by the preface that they toss it aside in horror–which would be a shame.
Lest you think I exaggerate, behold the opening line of the preface: “This book is decidedly eclectic.” I know. It might as well read: “Pretentious self-important douchiness abounds in many forms.”
Ms. Raber clearly likes my book, but does not care for me, and that’s fine. Her review is thorough, and I appreciate her attention to it. My comment over there was only to correct a misquote.1 comment
For my local friends who don’t already have it, my interview anthology, Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes (Well-Red Bear, 2007), is now available at Austin’s own MonkeyWrench Books.
I am very stoked to have my work in MonkeyWrench. As their website says, “MonkeyWrench Books is more than just a bookstore. It is a library and educational resource. It is a place for meetings, film screenings, talks, benefits and book readings. It is also a relaxed space to network and make connections over a cup of organic coffee or tea.” They’re located at 110 E. North Loop here in Austin, Texas.
Finally… You can take a peek inside my interview anthology Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes on Amazon. For those that don’t know, Follow for Now is an anthology of forty-three interviews with minds of all kinds. bOING bOING founder Mark Frauenfelder called it “an exotic plant with roots sucking nutrients from the skulls of the most interesting people on the planet,” Disinformation named it “among the most important books published in 2007,” and Erik Davis called it “a crisp and substantial remix of the major memes of the last decade or so.” Read moreNo comments
The Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies at the University of San Francisco chose Follow for Now as its book of the month for September, 2008. Ellis Godard, who is Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge, wrote a deep and insightful review of the collection. Read more1 comment