Close to the machine: technophilia and its discontents

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City Lights Books, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 189 pages
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A candid account of the life of a software engineer who runs a computer consulting business out of her live-work loft in San Francisco's multimedia gulch. Immersed in the abstract world of information, algorithms, and networks, she would like to give in to the seductions of the programmer's world where "weird logic dreamers" like herself live "close to the machine." Still, she is keenly aware that body and soul are not mechanical: desire, love, and the need to communicate face to face don't easily fit into lines of code or clicks in a Web browser. She finds she cannot ignore the social and philosophical repercussions of her work.

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About the author (1997)

Ellen Ullman has worked as a software engineer and consultant for 16 years.