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In Amity and Prosperity, the prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy boom’s impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and one woman’s transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.
Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbors’ mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. Soon trucks begin rumbling past her small farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong.
Alarmed by her children’s illnesses, Haney joins with neighbors and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what’s really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage that’s being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries. Soon a community that has long been suspicious of outsiders faces wrenching new questions about who is responsible for their fate, and for redressing it: The faceless corporations that are poisoning the land? The environmentalists who fail to see their economic distress? A federal government that is mandated to protect but fails on the job? Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, Griswold reveals what happens when an imperiled town faces a crisis of values, and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.
Actually, just audio this week.
As part of its vast collection of literary and historic treasures (the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook), the British Library owns some six million sound recordings, including significant theater productions, famous voices (like J.R.R. Tolkien’s), and field recordings of extinct animals. Some of them date back to the earliest and most fragile days of recording technology.
Now, as the Telegraph reports, the library is launching an urgent campaign to digitize and preserve its collection.
Read the full post @ IO9.
First, we follow Damien Walter on the trail of Weird London, a parallel city that has been built on the banks of another Thames by writers of fantasy fiction. He explores why the capital has made such fertile ground for writers who look beyond the real, along with Tom Pollock, M John Harrison and the owner of the Atlantis Bookshop, Geraldine Beskin.
Back in the studio, Cory Doctorow outlines how the digital revolution is transforming writers’ lives. But how are authors to make money? The agent Jonny Geller and the head of Faber Digital, Henry Volans, investigate how writers can survive in a new publishing landscape.
We finish with a live reading by Neil Gaiman of the haunting story he contributed to the Guardian’s Water stories, Down to a Sunless Sea.
Listen @ Guardian.co.uk.
I’m a Verizon customer and I’m currently grandfathered-in when it comes to an unlimited data plan. However, recently Verizon decided that the only way you’ll get to keep your unlimited plan in the future is to buy the phone for full price, or never upgrade the one I have now. If instead you want a new phone, you’ll have to start paying for your data under a “shared” plan (i.e. every device on your plan which for me right now is four,) with data caps and penalties for overages.
Yesterday I listened to that day’s episode of the Marketplace Tech Report podcast from American Public Media. turns out they actually got a Verizon spokesperson on the line to ask them to explain the changes. Even if you’re not a Verizon customer, you need to listen to this. The whole episode is only four minutes but the key bit starts at 1:13 and the best bit is at 2:13 with a simple question, “why?”
Now there’s a silence that says everything.
This week’s episode of Search Engine is a great explanation of, and rumination on the spate of recent security breaches by groups like Anonymous and LulzSec. Don’t worry, the content isn’t technical in nature, more thoughts on why things are happening, what the results are, and what, if anything we should do about it. If nothing else, it’ll make you think.
LulzSec and the Infowar (.mp3)
LulzSec disbands- does it matter? Will the hacks stop? And if not- does this mean war?
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