I had a good time on WUNC’s “The State of Things” as part of a show on “The Transformation of Democracy” with the podcast link already up. After a classics professor and a philosophy professor traced the origins of democracy, and an anthropologist took a look at what’s going on today, I had a chance to talk about democracy and dystopia. Somehow! we didn’t talk about either “Idiocracy” or “WALL-E” along the way, not to mention Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Dispossessed” or “Flashback” by Dan Simmons, or, hey, the Bull Spec-published “Selling Home” short story by Tina Connolly, but for a far-ranging discussion, I thought it went pretty well.
On another note, something else that wasn’t mentioned: Bull Spec just turned three years old. Founded Nov 6, 2009, we’ve published 7 issues with an 8th on the way and a 9th in the works, dozens of stories, poems, interviews, reviews, illustrations, and tried to get the word out about many dozens of local and regional events and books. Thanks for following along so far!