~totally wired . . . plus new UP-DATE / incl GUARDIAN REVIEW out of U.K . !!
for what it’s worth – I haven’t seen a copy of the book, and the cover, well … it’s . . . ‘lacking’, in design or inspiration – to say the least !! (I mean could it be any worse ?)
but if you’re a fan of JOSH HARRIS and the least bit CURIOUS (!!) – about the cult of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – and the notorious PSEUDO.COM – then, I guess it’s a must-read !!
the publication date is now !! – August 30, 2012.
‘TOTALLY WIRED’ – ‘On the trail of the Great Dotcom Swindle’ – by ANDREW SMITH . . is out !!
HARDCOVER: 416 pages
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster (30 Aug 2012)
from the press release:
“One morning in February 2001, Josh Harris woke to the certain knowledge that he was about to lose everything. The man Time magazine called ‘The Warhol of the Web’ was now reduced to the role of helpless spectator as his personal fortune dwindled from 85 million dollars…to 50 million…to nothing. In the space of a week. If the mania attending those events is hard to recall, it’s because when the crash came, the dreams and expectations of those surreal few years were swept away with near Biblical inclemency: little more than a decade later they seem shrouded in a kind of pre-Millennial mist; might never have happened. How easy to forget that at the end of 1999, the world seemed to be spinning off its axis as a new one evolved before our eyes, with anything imaginable seeming to be possible, in real time…In his bestselling book Moondust Andrew Smith looked at the lives of the nine remaining Moonwalkers, how their exploits helped shape an era and how that era left its mark on them. In Totally Wired, he goes in search of the truth about one of the most extraordinary and mysterious events of the 20th century, the dotcom bubble of the 1990s, and draws a direct line from there to where we are now.”
author of ‘TOTALLY WIRED’ – ANDREW SMITH in New York City, Oct 26, 2008.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
a Brit, ANDREW SMITH came to New York to do some firsthand research for the book – which tells the heady story of the dot-com days and the JOSH HARRIS – trippy ride on the wave.
funny timing, Andrew Smith arrived just in time to catch ‘King of the Vampires’ and Josh Harris #1 sidekick – Judgecal’s – death ashes smeared on the door of the former Josh Harris – Pseudo headquarters, which used to be, in the glory days – at the top of 600 Broadway in Soho, NYC.
JOSH HARRIS, on the left – with artist ALFREDO MARTINEZ, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – the day after Josh had helped get Alfredo out of secret detention in China. NYC, Aug 19, 2010.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
Josh is said to be currently located in Las Vegas. or as he puts it: ” . . . stuck in Nevada.”
UP-DATE: FRI AUG 31, 2012
JOHN KAMPFER’S review in the GUARDIAN, which posted yesterday, AUG 30, 2012 (!!) – is subtitled: ‘A cautionary account of a self-destructive internet pioneer and exhibitionist (!!) – MAKES FOR ENTERTAINING READING’ – !! !! !!
go, JOSH !!