Austin Computer Book Club

October: What the Dormouse Said

What the Dormouse Said book coverThe polls are closed and we have a winner – for our October 2019 meetup we’ll be discussing John Markoff’s What the Dormouse Said – How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry.

Most histories of the personal computer industry treat it as technology or business. But this heady, brilliantly written book explores the culture and consciousness that produced the first PCs, the culture being counter and the consciousness expanded, sometimes chemically. What the Dormouse Said re-creates the San Francisco Bay Area of the 1960s and early 1970s, where a handful of visionaries set out to redefine what a computer could be. Here are Ken Kesey and the phone hacker Cap’n Crunch, The Whole Earth Catalog and LSD, the Homebrew Computer Club and the Hacker Ethic–the conviction that the point of computers was to make information free. Funny, poignant, and inspiring, the result is a classic story of humanism meeting technology and making history.

Where to find a copy of this title:

The meetup will be on Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30PM at our usual location: the ActiveProspect offices at 4203 Guadalupe in Hyde Park. It’s on multiple bus lines and has plenty of free parking; come and join us!

Be sure to RSVP on Meetup so we’ll have plenty of pizza and drinks for everyone.

See you there!

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