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This week I read @josephmenn's book about Cult of the Dead Cow. Here are my thoughts. A thread, a book report, a reflection.
TL;DR = go buy it.…
As I was reading the book from my place high on Potrero Hil,l I was looking out out over the old New Hack City location. If you're from NY, SF, Lubbock, or Boston you'll appreciate the familiarity some stories bring. 2/?
The book humanizes the members of cDC, builds upon how they, as humans, met, what they had in common, how the group grew, and cut back and forth between what most of us saw in "public" vs. "behind the scenes". From the work with the CIA to Tibet. 3/?
There are some old secrets in the book. Things I, as a non-cDc member - an outsider, knew but that weren't commonly known at the time or even to some now. It was good to see the openness, it lends credibility to the author and the book. 4/?
Some of the people in the book are friends, some I've never met. There are things I learned about some of the people I know, things we wouldn't talk about now for no other reason than they are in the past. @adamjodonnell and I have discussed elements of the book at length. 5/?
Building upon stories we've already traded to discussing connections we didn't realize we had in common. I see him all the time but bringing some of these stories out actually create some old, shared memories that we experienced in different ways before we knew each other 6/?
While there are some slow parts to the book, it's an easy and fun read. The parts that slowed for me were things I focused on when they were happening and thus still don't but they needed to be in the book. They needed to be told. Most people won't mind. 7/?
There are many thoughts I have on how many of the cDc actions shaped the industry today for the better. How their elements of showmanship and technical skill changed how we as an industry looked at the world and operated within it but I won't spoil the book. 8/?
At first, I wanted certain people's story's to be more throughly told, some of the technical antics delved into further. In the end I was pleased the book told a story of a group, not lone individuals, that helped shape an industry and many around them while being human. 9/End
...things I *didn't* focus on when... Edit button, need edit button.
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