Reviews // 3 Articles
Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents
15 Mar 2012 // 5:00 PM
This reprint of the cult classic memoir, based on Ellen Ullman’s early years as a computer programmer, reaffirms the reach and relevance of her thoughts on technology and creativity. Her insight is also foresight, and her story remains immediate, critical – and very entertaining.
20 Questions: Ellen Ullman
4 Mar 2012 // 3:00 PM
Technophile, humanist and storyteller Ellen Ullman is touring for her latest, By Blood. The cult classic Close to the Machine and runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award, The Bug, are enjoying a resurgence, as well. From the sterile environs of an airport terminal, Ullman recalls a glorious range of artists and intellectuals (and the work they have produced) that have shaped her.
The Ghost in the Machine: Ellen Ullman's 'The Bug'
2 May 2012 // 5:00 PM
Ellen Ullman has the rare experience of having worked in computing while holding fast to what might be called old-fashioned values: a deep appreciation for the arts, the need for human contact, and the ability to write about it all in a gripping novel.
Welcome to the Machine: 'Close to the Machine: Technophilia and its Discontents'
22 Apr 2012 // 5:00 PM
These days you no longer need a guitar to punish your mom. Armed with a laptop, you can hack into a bank, a credit card transaction, an identity, a government, all from the privacy of a bedroom you rarely, if ever, leave.