I talked to Conrad Young at World Literature Today about the issues in Infomocracy and Null States. Take a read!
I’m very excited to be keynoting, along with three other very impressive speakers, at the Forum on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology at the end of May. Abstracts are due January 14th for anyone interested in attending!
From February 22nd-24th I’ll be teaching at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars conference at the Piper Center of Arizona State University.
Great review of Null States from Kirkus!
“Older continues to argue, most convincingly, that controlling the flow of information to the government and the public is the most potent power there is and illustrates how seemingly insignificant data points can build up to a larger, threatening picture. There’s also an extremely relevant post-colonial subtext helping to drive the plotlines: despite the best efforts of politicians, drawing arbitrary geographic boundaries does little to erase centuries of ethnic and cultural identity.
Carefully researched, prescient, thoughtful, and disturbing.”
I have a new piece up at Lawrence M. Schoen’s Eating Authors series. The question was about my most memorable meal, and while I found it very hard to winnow that down, I wrote about my memories of convenience stores in Japan while working on the response to the 2011 tsunami.