Guess who? “Back then, when I was twelve years old, Bowie showed us another way of being a boy or a girl or something else entirely. Bowie-as-Ziggy recalibrated sexuality in a way that was debauched but distilled, decidedly racy but also refined.”
We’re pleased to announce a new arrangement that will improve the supply of OR titles to readers in Australia and New Zealand.
OR prints its books only when they are ordered and ships them direct to customers, thereby minimizing waste. We also market directly to readers, avoiding sales through Amazon wherever possible. This allows us to have a direct relationship with the people who buy our books.
Now, thanks to a new arrangement with a local printer, OR will be printing and shipping from inside Australia. This will substantially reduce shipping costs and delivery times.
We’re looking forward to many notable releases this summer, including Julian Assange’s riveting critique of Google, When Google Met WikiLeaks, which we will be shipping later this month. More details about it, and the rest of OR’s expanding list, including writers such as Medea Benjamin, Patrick Cockburn, Norman Finkelstein, Gordon Lish, Bill McKibben, Yoko Ono, Andrew Ross, Doug Rushkoff, Raja Shehadeh and Gore Vidal, can be found on www.orbooks.com.
Gordon Lish: “a traveler from a country no longer extant, a country where editors were princes and writers kings” (Newsweek, June 19, 2014), “one of the most important living figures in contemporary American literature” (Jason Diamond, editor, Vol. 1 Brooklyn), stands ready to open his mind to you. Some portion of it, anyway. Take a peek at what he’s thinking in his latest collection of stories, Goings in Thirteen Sittings. Now available from OR Books.
“A vivacity, freshness and cheek that you rarely see anywhere else.” —The Guardian
The truly frightening message in this book is that the promise of the internet to expand the pie and enable more people to significantly improve their lives has not yet been fulfilled. Rather, at its worst the internet is just one more tool you have to use in order to avoid being left behind and made redundant. While some start-ups have rushed ahead, and coders have received the respect that they probably deserved, fundamental power dynamics have not changed. The Big Disconnect is a sobering critique of activism and change in the digital age, and reminds us that having unbridled faith in technology to resolve our greatest challenges is dangerous indeed.