Phoenix to SF Mission transplant Joshua Mohr has a bone to pick with tech. His book All This Life released 7/14/15 through Soft Skull, an imprint of Counterpoint Press, follows the trajectory of seven characters all connected through a mass suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge, most of them witnessing the event through a YouTube video.
Over on the ZYZZYVA blog, they had this to say of Mohr’s latest,
The story is driven by the twin engines of its characters as well as Joshua Mohr’s smart and punchy prose, which packs the wallop and sentence melody of the best kind of acerbic journalism. Each chapter is full of highly quotable maxims that seek to comment on our digital era, whether it’s “Commerce always trumps compassion” or “Hashtags are like emotions people can see.” Any writer who attempts to tackle the cultural zeitgeist takes a great risk, but Mohr clearly has his finger on the pulse of a city—and a country—in a state of flux, peering through “a haze of blue computer life.”
Recently, City Lights’ own Peter Maravelis sat down near the Ferry Building with Joshua to briefly discuss All This Life as well as the fate of mundane literature, what Mohr dubs the “Beige against the Machine,” and to hear an excerpt from the novel. What better way to introduce the book than through YouTube!
Mohr’s take-home message from All This Life is, “What happens when San Francisco becomes as homogenous as a suburb?” Mohr is the author of Some Things that Meant the World to Me (2009), Termite Parade (2010), and Damascus (2011) all from Two Dollar Radio, and his last novel was Fight Song (Soft Skull, 2013).
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