With the Think the Impossible Tour I'm aiming at promoting both my new book and the idea of "the impossible" or of contradiction. Taking my philosophy podcast Diet Soap and my novel Billy Moon on the road I'll be interviewing Andrew Kliman from the MHI, Margaret Kimberley from the Black Agenda Report, McKenzie Wark author of the Hacker Manifesto, Daniel Coffeen sophist and pop philosopher, and a few others about what, for structural reasons, can't usually be discussed in a Capitalist society. This will be a book tour and a podcast tour and each event will be a live version of the Diet Soap Podcast. The aim is to fund a three city tour, but if I surpass the initial goal more cities will be added. If you're a listener to Diet Soap this is a chance for you and your Diet Soap loving friends to get together and bring me to your hometown. The money will fund each event (honorariums, possible venue fees, etc..), send me to the Decatur Book festival, and cover my travel expenses to San Francisco, Chicago, NYC and possibly beyond.
About the book:
“Billy Moon” was the family nickname of Christopher Robin Milne, the son of A. A. Milne and the child companion of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet in Milne’s classic children's books. Known to the entire world as an adorable mop-headed child with imaginary friends, the adult Christopher Robin struggled to define himself and his life, but never fully succeeded in overcoming his storybook image. The novel, Billy Moon, coming from Tor Books in August, 2013, I grab the real-world Christopher Milne, in the throes of a mid-life crisis in 1968, yank him out of reality, and send him to Paris, during the historic student uprising taking place at that time. Paris and the student revolt illuminate and transform Milne, helping him grasp his own image and use it to take control of his own unreality.
About the podcast:
The Diet Soap podcast is a philosophy podcast dedicated to applying imagination and intellect to “the problem of Late Capitalism.” The podcast is in its 4th year and reaches thousands of listeners a week. The podcast has featured conversations with Penelope Rosemont of the Chicago Surrealist group, radical author Michael Parenti, the performance artist Reverend Billy, and many others.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge during the Kickstarter campaign will be to keep up with the writing, video production, podcasting and blogging that I will be doing in preparation for the tour. That is, if you pledge to this project you will be getting more than just the reward listed, but will also get to see how I develop the ideas that I'll be taking on the road. I hope to interview every participant before the live events and will be creating new content every week in an effort to promote this project and as a way to prepare myself for what I hope will be entertaining and interesting events in San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
I certainly don't plan on doing your typical book tour here.
The biggest logistical challenge for the tour will be to arrange for venues in Chicago and San Francisco. I have already arranged for one of the events to be hosted by Bluestockings in NYC and will give updates along the way as I secure locations in Chicago and San Francisco.
My publisher Tor Books will help with publicity.
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