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    This first one of this just showed up in my junk mail folder. Looks like it will be an interesting little read whenever they hit my mail.

    In case anyone missed it over on Ellis' page:

    MACHINE VISION: A New Email Newsletter
    April 19th, 2012 | Work
    Tomorrow afternoon my time, I begin a new email newsletter. It’s been two years since I closed down my previous, longrunning email thing Bad Signal. And this isn’t going to be the same as that. This will be a roughly weekly blast, and mostly about work — the forthcoming novel GUN MACHINE, and the one after that, and other projects as they develop. It’ll also be a download of whatever’s in my head that isn’t short enough for Twitter and not coherent enough to appear here. And about writing, and writers. And, really, whatever else is on my mind when I sit down to do it.

    The first one goes out tomorrow. We’ve opened the sign-up system today. It’s at this link, or, if you scroll around this page a bit, in the right-hand menu bar.

    The MACHINE VISION service is provided through the kindness of Mulholland Books.

    I hope you’ll give it a go. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
    Very much looking forward to this.
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    I was pretty happy to find it in my inbox today. It's a shame that Soundcloud links won't load, but they show up in the web version, so no big deal.
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    ...but they show up in the web version...
    As opposed to what other version?
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    As opposed to the one in the email. You click 'web version' and it shows up. Okay?
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    For clarity:
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    Oh hell. I didn't realize it was a link. I just figured that it said "Web version" 'cause Ellis is a senile old man that needed to clarify for himself that it wasn't the version that he had saved on his hard drive.

    Thanks for pointing that out.
    And by "Ellis" I may have meant me.

    And "may have" shouldn't've been in that sentence.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
    RE Mannahatta:

    I was born on Manhattan, and grew up in the suburbs. The City always seemed an artificial place; canyons of masonry and glass and steel. I knew that it was a natural island and the tale about it being bought for $24 in Wampum, but there was no immediacy or reality to this knowledge. It wasn't until I started commuting up the Hudson and across the Tappan Zee that I started getting these . . . well, it would be really pretentious to call them visions. Let's say vivid imaginings of what the valley and Manhattan itself would have looked like three hundred years before.

    This was all rubbed in by the Ken Burns series about New York. One episode was about the reworking of the island by Clinton-Dewitt. Flattening it out, filling in the holes. You can see bits of original landscape way, way up north, but this makes the artifice of the rest of the island all more shocking and wonderous.

    I can't wait to see how it all fits into GUN MACHINE.
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012 edited
    Oh hell. I didn't realize it was a link.

    Understandable. I thought I was already looking at the web version when I first pulled it up since it wasn't plain text, so was a bit confused. Not sure what the difference is between the two, except that one worked with the player and the other didn't.
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
    Yup, got that yesterday afternoon. Interesting stuff in there.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012 edited

    Any way someone could forward that to me? I must've signed up slightly too late to get the first one. steevo83 at thegmails
    • CommentAuthorsnafu
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
    Been hoping Uncle Warren would do something like this again. I enjoyed the first one. Looking forward to more. The Northern Structures clip reminded me a bit of a John Carpenter soundtrack circa 1980s-ish. Less melodic but pretty cool.
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012

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