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Your Forty-Third Reminder Of Inaugural Wonket Book Club Livechat With Author & NPR Guy Andy Carvin Tomorrow!

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Mark your colanders, Wonkers, because the inaugural online meeting of our awesome littlebook club will be tomorrow (Tuesday 3/5/13) at Noon EDT. We'll be discussing Andy Carvin's Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution; our book review will go up at about 11:45, and then author Andy Carvin will join us for a live discussion of his book from noon to 1 EST.


As an unabashed NPR fanboy, Yr. Doktor Zoom was initially a little worried about going all Chris Farley for this event -- "Hey, remember how you said social media is revolutionizing journalism and stuff? That was really awesome!" -- but in an email sent while we were scheduling this thing, Mr. Carvin suggested "One good way to mask it – ask me tough-ass questions. I can take it." Sounds like a challenge to us, so no softball questions, OK? (Also, Eeeeee! We totally got email from NPR's Andy Carvin!!!)

Here is something we would call a FAQ for this, if anyone actually asked these questions frequently:

  • Do I need any special software to see the chat? No, the actual chatting part will occur in the Sekrit Wonket Chatcave; we will scan your comments on the blog post for awesome questions, pose them to Andy, and then copypaste the conversation into the post, livebloog style.
  • Do I have to be here at noon eastern to see this thing? You will have to be here during the chat to ask a question, but the chat will be copied into a the book review / blog post, so you can see it later.
  • Do I have to have bought / read the book to participate? You really have never attended a book club meeting, have you! What are we going to do, tell your valuable ad-scanning eyeballs to go away?
  • I only go to book club meetings for the cookies. Will refreshments be served? What you eat and drink at your own computer is your business alone.
  • Do I have to wear pants? Why should Tuesday be any different from usual?

Also, since it's a pretty quick read, here are linkies if you want to grab the e-book right nao (and in fact, since the text contains a lot of links to online content, e-book may be the better format for this book):

Also, too, we should let you insatiably text-oriented maniacs know that our second book selection will be Denis Kitchen and Michael Schumacher's Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary, a biography of the great cartoonist / satirist whose L'il Abner comic strip started as populist satire, eventually veered into right-wing screamy stuff in the Nixon years, and paved the way for later artists like Walt Kelly, Garry Trudeau, and Berke Breathed. Do we have kickback-generating linkies? We most certainly do!

Hardcover: $16.66

Kindle e-book: $13.43

Doktor Zoom

Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.

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Jason Kessler: SHUT UP DAD, I'M DOING NAZI STUFF!

In which the Unite The Right organizer's dad tells him to get out of his room.

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Jason Kessler is not having a good week. First, no one came to his special white people party in Washington, D.C. There were like, thirty people there, in total -- which is far fewer people than congregated this weekend in almost any place in America that is not a private residence.

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