Author: Ellen Ullman

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Reading Deeply Review: Close to the Machine

January 8, 2018 Uncategorized 9

Reading Deeply Review: Close to the MachineTitle: Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents
Author: Ellen Ullman
Source: Library
|Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Thoughtful, beautiful, really captured the joys and struggles of being a programmer. A favorite.

This is the first book I’m reviewing as part of my resolution to read more deeply. I’d really like to get more out of what I read, to truly be learning and retaining more of each book. I think something that will help me do that is reading connected books, so I’m currently reading through Ellen Ullman’s books, inspired by Veronica at The Thousand Book Projects‘s read of all things Toni Morrison. Previously, I’d read Life in Code, a series of essays that were both memoir and history of the field of computer science, published last year. Close to the Machine is a similar book, but published ten years earlier. Read more »

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#NonficNov Review: Life in Code

November 19, 2017 Uncategorized 3

#NonficNov Review: Life in CodeTitle: Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology
Author: Ellen Ullman
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: I loved both learning about computer history from someone who lived it and hearing Ullman’s thoughts on the role of technology in society.

The sub-title of this book, ‘A Personal History of Technology’ describes the contents perfectly. This is a history of the computer science industry from someone who was part of many of the iconic moments of that history. The essays in this collection cover classic computer history and timeless meditations on the role of technology in our lives. Dates at the beginning of each essay indicating when they were written made them even more meaningful by providing context. Read more »

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