Author Cory Doctorow Talks Tech, Trotsky, What He's Reading, and Why He's Giving Away His Books For Free

Categories: Literary

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Sleights of Mind
What are you currently reading?

Sleights of Mind by Stephen Macknick and Susana Martinez-Conde with Sandra Blakeslee

What was the last book you read?


The book I just finished is a yet-to-be-self-published manuscript for a book called: "3500: An Autistic's Boy Ten-Year Romance With Snow White," by a writer named Ron Miles. And it's a memoir about a father whose autistic son only really came out of his shell when he was on the Snow White ride, at Disney World. They actually moved the family to Orlando so that the kid could be near it. Disney was very involved with the kid and they ended up throwing little parties for him when he crossed 1,000, and 2,000 and 3,000 rides. It's a memoir about the family and about parenthood and about growing up as an autistic kid and how sometimes, Disney can actually be magic. It was a terrific book, if it doesn't reduce you to tears in at least one or two points you've got a heart of stone.

Is there a book next on your list?

I could not tell you the last time that I went into a bookstore and bought a book and read it for pleasure. I unfortunately no longer am in a position to get to pick which books I'm going to read. I get so many books to review, about a hundred times more than I could possible read, and there are so many of them that look good and I want to give a kind of boost to on BoingBoing, that I pretty much only read the stuff that I get sent. And I only read a tiny fraction of that. The one thing that all the books that I read have in common is that they are bound and I can hold them in one hand, cause I do most of my reading while walking down the street after dropping my daughter off at school. So the loose-leaf manuscripts unfortunately just go in a recycling pile.

For more information on Cory, see his website.

This story has been edited to correct the author's name of the book "3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White" to Ron Miles. We regret the error.

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