The Current Age

One of the central figures in my book, “Street Song,” is a man I call Ed. He was twice my age, a serious student of reality, and he kept me grounded when I was having my toughest times on the street. I remember one day in the summer of 1976 when he came looking for me, wanting to see how I was doing and told me something that made a big impact. He said the next big thing in human history was going to be computers. He didn’t actually say it, but the implication was that computers were going to be the next big distraction to keep us from taking a clear look inside ourselves. It sounded ominous, and I think what he told me has been borne out.

 

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6 Responses to “The Current Age”

  1. Lynn Duvall Says:

    I wonder if Mark was abducted and beamed to Io before he could finish his post?

    • markbittner Says:

      From what you say here, you are not seeing the entire post. I do and so does Andrew (below). Here’s the whole thing:

      One of the central figures in my book, “Street Song,” is a man I call Ed. He was twice my age, a serious student of reality, and he kept me grounded when I was having my toughest times on the street. I remember one day in the summer of 1976 when he came looking for me, wanting to see how I was doing and told me something that made a big impact. He said the next big thing in human history was going to be computers. He didn’t actually say it, but the implication was that computers were going to be the next big distraction to keep us from taking a clear look inside ourselves. It sounded ominous, and I think what he told me has been borne out.

  2. Andrew Says:

    Hi Mark, in many ways, I agree with you. Computers and the internet have drastically changed the way we live our lives, and how we I interact with others. And those changes have not all been for the good.

    Perhaps I’ve missed an announcement, but is your book to be published soon. I would love to get my hands on a copy!

    • markbittner Says:

      I have woefully neglected this blog, something I keep meaning to rectify, but get too busy to carry out. I still aim to change that. I promise. The book is in the hands of my agent who has not found any takers so far. I am not surprised, nor am I disturbed by that. It’s an unusual book–not something editors are going to fight each other for, given its outside-the-culture stand. But I’m confident it’s going to resonate with some editor somewhere. There’s another development which I will go into here in coming days. I’m working on an “album,” a collection of songs that supplement the book. It will be finished this summer. It’s entirely unexpected, but a natural development. I intend for it to be a free download. More soon.

  3. joe Says:

    Your agent might want to try “Drawn & Quarterly” editions in montreal,they have become a small-but-big deal in “outside-the-culture” in north america & have been willing to put out custom, risky,low margin profit stuff from the get-go,basicly that’s their mandate 😉
    A Greek artist*archeology*history freak friend of mine once whipped out a book,photos included,illustrating how they used to have small puppets that mechanically danced using a tiny fire of twigs’ tiny kettle of water,& various moving parts, hundreds of years before the industrial revolution, but NOBODY thought of using such a system for anything but toys!
    Computers (or pretty much 90% of anything else),same thing, toys or steam engines, the application depends on us humans,basicly,the internet is an Awesome library of alexandria,& anything outside-the-culture or sustainable or off-grid life has Exponentialy been communicated since 2000,or people could just waste years of their life on clickbait, up to the individual 😉

    • markbittner Says:

      I’ll have something to say about the book and its journey soon.

      Mahayana Buddhism has a saying: Knowledge is delusion posing as truth. It has taken me a long time to have any understanding of that, and I still lose my understanding some days. But it’s true. More on that later. (I am not specifically a Mahayana Buddhist or a Buddhist of any kind. My world view grows out of homegrown psychedelia, but has been watered by Buddhist and Taoist streams.)

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