Close to the Machine
Close to the Machine
Technophilia and Its Discontents


Ellen Ullman

Ellen Ullman has worked as a software engineer and consultant since 1978, Her writing has been published in Resisting the Virtual Life, Wired Woman, and in Harper's Magazine. She is a commenter on National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered."


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By Blood
A Novel
Ellen Ullman
It's the chaotic 70s in San Francisco, summer home to a disgraced professor who rents an office space next to a psychiatrist. An unused conjoining door made of something like particle board—along with a patient's demand that the doctor's distracting sound machine be shut off —allow the academic to obsessively eavesdrop on those sessions...