BloombergView, October 8th:
Storytelling does have the potential to rekindle an ideal of progress. The trick is not to confuse pessimism with sophistication or, conversely, to demand that optimism be naive. The past, like the present and the future, was made by complicated and imperfect people. Recapturing a sense of optimism requires stories that accept the ambiguities of history -- and of life -- while recognizing genuine improvements.
In the Guardian October 10th:
The best contributions to Hieroglyph are the least optimistic, and the best attuned to the human reality that technology so often obscures. Entanglement by Vandana Singh and Madeline Ashby’s By the Time We Get to Arizona both look at the impact of new technologies in developing nations and among the world’s poorest people. They also tackle the obvious problem of technological innovation, the looming menace of climate change, environmental degradation and resource depletion that go hand in hand with new technologies.
Tom Shippey in the Wall Street Journal, Sept. 26, 2014, Last century created the airplane, the automobile and nuclear energy. What do we have to show for this one?
Maybe the best cure for dwindling horizon really is provocative new "hieroglyphs." This collection could be the shot in the arm our imaginations need. It's an important book, and not just for the fiction.