Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest

By Bryan Hurt (Editor), T Coraghessan Boyle (Contribution by), Aimee Bender (Contribution by), Jim Shepard (Contribution by), Cory Doctorow (Contribution by)
In "Watchlist," some of today s most prominent and promising fiction writers from around the globe respond to, meditate on, and mine for inspiration the surveillance culture in which we live. With contributions from Etgar Keret, T.C. Boyle, Robert Coover, Aimee Bender, Jim Shepard, Alissa Nutting, Charles Yu, Cory Doctorow, and many more, WATCHLIST unforgettably confronts the question: What does it mean to be watched?
In Doctorow s eerily plausible "Scroogled," the US has outsourced border control to Google, on the basis that they Do Search Right. In Lincoln Michel s Our New Neighborhood, a planned suburban community s Neighborhood Watch program becomes an obsessive nightmare. Jim Shepard s haunting Safety Tips for Living Alone imagines the lives of the men involved in the US government s fatal attempt to build the three Texas Tower radar facilities in the Atlantic Ocean during the Cold War. Randa Jarrar s Testimony of Malik, Israeli agent #287690 is a sweet and deftly handled story of xenophobia and paranoia, reminding us that such things aren t limited to the West ("Sabotage Reviews") and Alissa Nutting s The Transparency Project is a creative, speculative exploration of the future of long-term medical observation.
By turns political, apolitical, cautionary, and surreal, these stories reflect on what it s like to live in the surveillance state."

A brave and necessary set of early flares of the literary imagination into the Panopticon we all find ourselves living inside these days. Jonathan Lethem While I was reading "Watchlist" on my computer screen, a multilingual secret agent somewhere in Pyongyang, Beijing, or Moscow was reading over my shoulder, my computer screen on her computer screen, and under a mountain in Colorado, an NSA analyst was reading over her shoulder, my computer screen on her computer screen on his computer screen. What I'm trying to say is: you should read "Watchlist," but you should read it on paper. Kyle Minor A boldly imaginative, diverse collection of 32 surveillance-themed stories from an international coterie of writers. The varied cross-section of material is stylishly captured by each writer s distinct voice and perspective. "Publishers Weekly " In this diverse and daring fiction collection, writers of all stripes deal with the act of watching and being watched, subverting and challenging surveillance s obvious connotations and raising questions about our intricate dance with privacy and transparency. "Shelf Awareness" "


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Publisher Catapult
Publish date 05/10/2016
Pages 512
ISBN-13 9781936787418
ISBN-10 1936787415
Language English

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