Monthly Archives: November 2015

Shit Needs to Go Down: On AI, Speech Technology, and ‘Speak’

By Ryan Joe 1. When your team sucks, there inevitably comes a point when you treat the season as a curiosity, like a mutated animal floating in a jar of formaldehyde. How did this happen to you? (Owner abuse.) Was there any chance that you would have lived? (No.) What does the future hold for […]

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Book 9: Elizabeth Kolbert’s ‘The Sixth Extinction’

This week, Football Book Club is reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s bestselling The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History — and posting about Speak by Louisa Hall. In The Sixth Extinction, which won the Pulitzer Prize and was one of The New York Times Book Review‘s 10 Best Books of the Year, Kolbert explains how we — the human race — have dramatically altered […]

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Lighting Up: On Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’

By Adam Boretz Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts — a work of “autotheory” and a memoir of sorts — pretty much destroyed me. I loved the fragmentary, mosaic storytelling — which Dan described in his great post from earlier in the week — but more than that, I loved the way Nelson’s prose affected me. While reading The Argonauts, I […]

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