Back from The Hideout, reading Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking

Time doesn’t pass when I’m at The Hideout in Chicago. Last night I went for the fall’s return of WRITE CLUB: Chicago and goddamn was it good. Just incredible performance and writing. Match-ups went all in, tooth and nail and pen.

Actually, phone. Several writers read their monologue off phones, an interesting medium that didn’t hinder their performance at all. Wyl Villacres actually took a picture from the stage of the audience watching him just before he began, and the move had bravado, swagger and an endearing quality, just like his writing.

Sick stuff. And time began once again after I stepped out of The Hideout, back to my apartment here in Chicago, at summer’s end. Like I said, time doesn’t pass when I’m at The Hideout, but now I’m back from my absence and excited to share some writing and reviews.

Currently reading “Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking” by E. Gabriella Coleman, and I am digging it.

An early taste:

“I argue that F/OSS draws from and also rearticulates elements of the liberal tradition. Rather than designating only a set of explicitly held political, economic, or legal views, I treat liberalism in its cultural registers. Free software hackers culturally concretize a number of liberal themes and sensibilities–for example, through their competitive mutual aid, avid free speech principles, and implementation of meritocracy along with their frequent challenge to intellectual property provisions. Indeed, the ethical philosophy of F/OSS focuses on the importance of knowledge, self-cultivation, and self-expression as the vital locus of freedom.” (p3)

I’m excited to share more soon.