In case you’re wondering… the new book is is more or less complete. It’s in the hands of readers, and with my agent. I’m really psyched for it. In the meantime, here’s a view I see everyday.
Bye for now, Silicon Valley! I had an awesome time at the kick-off and visiting Lynbrook High School (though sadly the record button wasn’t on for the video interview – ah well, we had fun all the same).
If you missed the kick-off it will air on February 11th at 7pm on KLIV 1590 AM – during the Common Wealth Club broadcast… And also possibly on their podcast?
Fermi’s Paradox: If there are so many potentially habitable planets, where are all the aliens?
On Gizmodo today, there’s a new, interesting hypothesis to answer Fermi’s Paradox, called the “Gaian Bottleneck Hypothesis.”
- life takes a long time to develop, from single-celled molecules to complex life.
- It is rare to find a planet’s atmosphere that is stable long enough for this to happen
If true, three things:
1) our planet is a rare, rare anomaly (ie: treasure)
2) this means the ‘Great Filter’ — planetary extinction — is ahead of us yet
3) there’s going to be a booming job market for xenoarchaeologists! Can’t wait to get my degree.
I tried and failed to read Knausgaard. His struggle ultimately became My Failure as I gave up the book two-thirds the way through (sorry book group!). I’m happy for the gazillion other people who think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I’ll take Bolaño any day in the genre of enormous lit.
Giving up My Struggle freed up room to pick up these awesome NW spec-lit books – the authors of which (Sharma Shields, Shya Scanlon, and J. Robert Lennon/ literambivalence) I’ll be on a panel with at the Montana Book Festival. I finished See You in Paradise – highly recommended. Can’t wait to read Shields & Scanlon. Also, and next up for book group: I’m loving Austerlitz.
I was asked to write my first blurb. For Microcosm press I read The Velocipede Races – awesome, fun feminist bicycle fiction.
Research for the next book continues – I’ll be visiting dig sites in SE Oregon this September, while at Playa
Lastly: I’ll be picking up Emmi Itäranta’s Memory of Water shortly, for a really awesome event we’ll be doing together but which I cannot yet announce…
Announcing the Hosts and Venues for LitHop PDX #3…
The Soft Show @ Floating World Comics
Future Tense Books & The Rumpus @ Ash Street Saloon
Burnside Review @ Valentine’s
Street Roots & Street Books @ The Mercy Corps Building
University of Hell Press @ Dante’s
Magic Helicopter/Noo Journal & Perfect Day Publishing @ Shanghai Tunnel
With a 10:00 after-party at Dante’s!
Late notice here, but I’m reading with the Street Books contingent tonight.