On Long Island and want an autographed copy? Go to Book Revue in Huntington. Or come to my book signing/reading at The Corner Book Shop in NYC, 1313 Madison Avenue this Thursday at 6 pm.
Here are two issues close to my heart. Porn and the Internet Apocalypse. I put on my thinking cap for the good people at Maxim.
As the Internet embeds itself deeper into every aspect of our lives, fears of an Internet apocalypse become more frightening. We worry about how the disintegration of sites like Amazon, Netflix, and Skype would spell the end of our online consumerism, entertainment, and communication. But while those are all valid…
Did you know I can write essays in non-list form too?
Me? Oh, I’m just a normal guy. 38. Average height, average weight. Loves animals. Enjoys casseroles. But where I go to work each day just might surprise you…
You can live your life, or you can meet that made-up elf chick.
#3. The Internet Makes You … Only Calm Enough to Do Nothing
Online, you can always find your own quiet corner where people are talking about nothing. And it’s easy to stay there because look how many millions are also doing nothing with you. And they’re not starving to death or homeless, so it must be OK. You’ll all do nothing together. No demands, no decisions, and even the most vitriolic debates are over topics as transient as the packets of information traveling along fiber-optic cable. A place where you can pretend to do things, whether it’s tweeting the weather, tagging some photos, or building a collage. It’s work. The kind that leaves you with a slower pulse, but no other tangible reward, and one more day lost.
Maybe that sounds melodramatic, but I don’t think it’s an overstatement. After all, think of all the things the Net has the power to make you do
This isn’t from a paper or trade publication. Just a person who I apparently reached with my book in exactly the way I wanted to and it’s very gratifying:
"let’s be clear, i was expecting something completely different from wayne gladstone‘s novel. satire, biting humour, the overarching question of what we would do if the internet went away, i was prepared for all of that. what i wasn’t expecting was a story that would leave me heartbroken. a story that would actually have me questioning the ways i use the internet. a story that really made me look at the differences between the people i called my friends a decade ago and the people i call my friends now. gladstone’s novel is social commentary with an unexpected soul.”
If you see that tattoo, RUN.
#5. See Them at Their Worst
Have you heard the expression, “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best”? Then congratulations, because you know some awful people. … Do you have a friend who’s generally amusing, but at his/her worst has the tendency to get drunk and wreck your apartment or punch you in the face or reveal all your secrets to your enemies? Or maybe they say the most cutting, damaging things they can think to say. Guess what? That worst-case scenario is a deal breaker.