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Miami Punk – Juan S. Guse

Miami PunkMiami Punk by Juan S. Guse
Meine Wertung: 5 von 5 Sternen

Eine wilde Mischung aus David Foster Wallace‘ „Infinite Jest“, Neal Stephensons „Snow Crash“ und Roberto Bolaños „2666“. In der holografischen Erzählung, die verschiedene experimentelle Textformen nutzt, geht es um Verlust, Jugend, Perspektivlosigkeit, Spiritualismus, Games, Eskapismus und der Suche nach dem Sinn des Lebens. Wer nicht neurotisch nach einer Identifikationsfigur (die es durchaus gibt) oder einem Plot (der eher im Hintergrund wirkt) oder einer stringenten Dramaturgie (sie ist sehr komplex) sucht, der wird an diesem Buch, das für den deutschen Sprachraum durchaus singulär ist, seine Freude haben. Ich hätte lieber 4,5 Sterne gegeben, habe aber aus Sympathie für den Autoren auf 5 aufgerundet.

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The Order of Time – Carlo Rovelli

The Order of TimeThe Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A brief but fascinating wrap-up about recent physical theories of time. Spiced with a reasonable amount of cultural and philosophical references. The images in the book are really poor, tho. Recommended if you want to catch up with the current state of speculations and knowledge about time.

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Desintegriert euch! – Max Czollek

Desintegriert euch!Desintegriert euch! von Max Czollek
Meine Wertung: 4 von 5 Sternen

Ein Buch, das mir bezüglich des „Integrationstheaters“ die Augen geöffnet hat. Max Czollek ist da einer Sache auf der Spur, die mir bisher nicht in dieser Deutlichkeit klar war. Und das Schöne ist, dass sich alle angesprochen fühlen können: Antideutsche, Antimperalisten, Zentristen, Deutsche „die viele jüdische Freund*Innen“ haben und selbsternannte Opfer von Tugendterror. Die Juden sind keine Agenten unserer kollektiven Vergangenheitsbewältigung, sie sind nicht diejenigen die den Deutschen Erlösung oder Verdammung geben können, auch wenn sie permanent zu dieser Funktion aufgerufen werden. Wer verstehen will, warum die Deutschen so besessen davon sind, was die Juden von ihnen denken, ihnen abverlangen oder in Israel machen, der muss „Desintegriert euch!“ lesen.

Manchmal verliert sich Herr Czollek in etwas abwegigen und mühsam hergeleiteten Fallstudien, aber das mag auch an meiner mangelnden Bildung in Sachen Poesie liegen. Trotzdem glaube ich, dass das Buch mit etwas weniger Spitzfindigkeit an Effektivität und Schlagkraft gewonnen hätte. Ich hoffe Herr Czollek schärft weiter an seinen sprachlichen Waffen. Wir brauchen sie.

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Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek & Alex Williams

Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without WorkInventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is an eye-opener on what Srnicek calls „folk politics“. I’m thinking different know on grass-roots organising and horizontal structures. I think he really discovered something there and if you are engaged in a progressive or left movement you ought to read this book.

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Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI – John Brockman (Editor)

Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AIPossible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI by John Brockman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thougth-provoking volume about recent developments in AI research. A multifaceted selection of predominatly US-based thinkers that reaches from serious warnings about things like the „alignment problem“ to laid-back analysis of what is inevitably going to happen. A must read for everyone who wants to be up to speed in one of the most important debates of our time.

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New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future – James Bridle

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the FutureNew Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future by James Bridle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

New Dark Age is both a deeply frightening and highly enjoyable book. Being an artist allows Bridle to connect dots and link events that average people often tend to overlook. His writing is lucid, vibrant and hypnotizing at times. I love the passage in „Conspiracy“ where he jumps from chemtrails to contrails to the grounding of airplanes during the 9-11 event to the sudden appearence of endless news-ticker that never went away again to the constant state of crisis that eventually gives room to conspiracy theories of all kinds! Highly recommendable read.

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Life 3.0 – Max Tegmark

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial IntelligenceLife 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to say that I expected something slightly different from this book, perhaps due to the subheading „Being human in the age of Artificial Intelligence“. But as Tegmark is a professor of physics i should have known better. While Tegmarks insights are often quite fascinating, the ideas in the book often seem too far-fetched. Its Tegmarks secret sauce to watch everything through the eyes of hard sciences (e.g. in his book „Our Mathematical Universe“), but applying only the constraints of physics to the future of AI and mankind creates some shallow and anaemic narratives. Frightening at times, as well. Worth reading, tho. I really support his futureoflife.org initiative.

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Room to Dream – David Lynch and Kristine McKenna

Room to DreamRoom to Dream by David Lynch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an amazing and inspiring book for every creative mind. It’s amazingly well written and a must-have for Lynch fans and people who want to get to know him and his work. I don’t really believe that David Lynch is that unique, amazing and ever active guru as he is depicted in this book, but nevertheless it is a source of inspiration i certainly will come back to. The final words of this book moved me to tears.