In New York City tonight: Mashing up to defend your rights

Tonight in New York City, at the Helen Mills Theater, 137-39 W 26th St, Cory Doctorow and DJ Spooky will convene for a multimedia mashup benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. From the CBLDF’s announcement:

Doctorow will read and discuss the issues behind his bestselling young adult novel, Little Brother. Addressing internet and government security, censorship, and civil liberties in a post-9/11 near-future atmosphere, Little Brother tackles timely issues while telling a story that’s smart, funny, and jam-packed-with-pop culture nuggets. Doctorow “hopes it’ll inspire you to use technology to make yourself more free.” […]

DJ Spooky joins Doctorow to present concepts from Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture, his new book / literary mixtape collecting writing by artists and thinkers including Brian Eno, Jonathan Lethem, Saul Williams, Steve Reich, Moby, Chuck D, and more. “Young artists regard sound as a language they may freely sample to construct new compositions,” says DJ Spooky. […]

Tickets for this benefit are available now at, for a $20 donation, while supplies last.

Following the event, DJ Spooky spins a rare small-venue set at Sutra Lounge on 16 1st Ave at 1st Street. This afterparty benefits the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Admission is a $10 donation to the CBLDF or free with pass from the Mashup.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is itself an entirely worthy enterprise, deserving of your support whether or not you can attend this interesting-sounding event.


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