Books Reading Today
posted by May 19 at 13:10 PMon
Slog tipper Rob informs me that Cory Doctorow is reading from Little Brother at All For Kids today at 4 pm today. This is true. Rob is bringing his two kids, and if you have the afternoon off, you should go, too. You’ll have one more chance after today: Doctorow reads at Third Place Books tomorrow. I wrote about the book in this week’s Constant Reader:
Little Brother is the story of Marcus, a 17-year-old hacker who gets secretly arrested by Homeland Security. In true young-adult-novel fashion, Marcus and his friends fight back against the theft of their freedoms.
Doctorow’s prose is light and explanatory, and it’s the explanations that really make the book important: Hidden inside Little Brother is a manual for civil disobedience. It has useful advice for what to do when detained by authorities; information about methods the government employs to track its own citizens; and actual, working tips on how to modify technology to maintain your anonymity. With a copy of the book and Google, it’s possible for an inspired reader to scan his surroundings for miniature cameras, free his computer from spyware, and set up anonymous internet identities.