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Katie Hafner has been writing about technology since 1983. She was the news editor of Data Communications Magazine, a reporter for the San Diego Union, a technology correspondent for Business Week and a contributing editor at Newsweek, covering technology and computers. In addition, she has vis mere contributed articles to journals such as Wired, The New Republic, Esquire and Working Woman. Hafner is co-author of Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier (1991, with John Markoff), and Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet (1996, with husband Matthew Lyon). In 1995, she wrote The House at the Bridge: A Story of Modern Germany, which grew out of an interest she developed in college while studying with novelist and playwright Rheinhard Lettau. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Katie Hafner, Kathie Hafner

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Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession (2015) — Bidragyder — 141 eksemplarer
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (2005) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer

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"The Boys" is a book distinguished by its smooth surfaces. Ethan, an unfailingly polite but always reserved programmer, makes it moderately big in the tech industry. He opens up to Barb, whom he has met through work. They have an odd, slow-blooming courtship and marry. They go on to live a comfortable life in the Philadelphia suburbs and have enough dough left over to do things like take cycling vacations through rural Italy. Hafner's ironic sensibilities do not spare their travel companions, who are, like them, securely ensconced in the comfortable bubble that twenty-first century American wealth provides. And then, after some difficult questions get asked, things start to change for both Ethan and Barb.

There's the twist, of course, which I won't reveal here, but "The Boys" also features another elephant in the room. Hafner's prose is observant, but the tone throughout remains straightforward and informative, and, for the most part, rather bright. This isn't to say that Ethan's life has been one long afternoon of happiness -- far from it! -- but his confidence, his nuts-and-bolts approach to life, and his relative success can make his emotional life seem a bit featureless. It only takes a few small changes for things to change drastically, and, to the author's credit, she skillfully shows how quickly a meticulously constructed existence such as Ethan and Barb's can come apart. Hafner's authorial voice never wavers, though: there's no indirect third person here. And there you have it: though the author chooses not to, you might call this one "The Curious Incident of the Coder in the Night-Time". Many of the topics that "The Boys" touches on -- such as the necessity for personal courage when faced with one's own limitations, or the continuing evolution of a marriage -- are universal, while other parts of the book seem particular as Ethan himself. I can't say that "The Boys" is a classic-in-waiting, I think that it's a fine example of neurodivergent lit, and that's a category that might grow more interesting as we learn more about the complexities of the neuroatypical human mind and how it interactions with the emotions of those who live on the spectrum. Recommended to those with a special interest in these subjects.
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TheAmpersand | 6 andre anmeldelser | Feb 16, 2024 |
Way too long and repetitive. DNF. Tried speed reading parts but couldn't make it.
CharleySweet | 6 andre anmeldelser | Jul 2, 2023 |
I read this when it came out. It was rad! It really initiated my interest in the internet and got me into Library school.
bloftin2 | 1 anden anmeldelse | May 4, 2023 |


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