1. Spirit Tracks

May 15th, 2011 | spirit tracks

This is a very short book being written in several times at once. I’m writing it in May of 2011, but I’m also writing it in January 2011. In January 2011, it is taking the form of a talk. I’m rewriting it in February 2011, just before giving the talk, in Berlin. Bits of it are being written in 2010, and at those points I have no idea that they’re part of any kind of book.

The skeleton is the keynote talk I gave at a conference about the emergent digital nature of cities. Everything else is… everything else I was interested in at the time. It is a book about how everything is electric. It is also a book about cities, and a book about broadcasting, and a book about science fiction. And it is a book about ghosts.

The chances are good that it will make no sense at all.

Sunk Head, by the way, was blown up with more than two tons of plastic explosive in 1967. The light and heat from the blast could be seen and felt more than fourteen miles away.


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