Josh Conviser- Writer

I'm the author of ECHELON, andEMPYRE (Random House) and am hard at work on my third book. I also write for Hollywood when they let me (HBO's ROME). Check out what I'm researching (translation: cool stuff I find when I should be writing) and whatever else strikes me.
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Every morning brings us news of the globe, and yet we are poor in noteworthy stories. This is because no event comes to us without being already shot through with explanation. In other words, by now almost nothing that happens benefits storytelling; almost everything benefits information. Actually, it is half the art of storytelling to keep a story free from explanation as one reproduces it… .

The most extraordinary things, marvelous things, are related with the greatest accuracy, but the psychological connection of the event is not forced on the reader. It is left up to him to interpret things the way he understands them, and thus the narrative achieves an amplitude that information lacks.

~Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

Great vid of the CIA’s museum, which I got to visit a while back…

Osama bin Laden’s assault rifle. A singed al-Qaeda training manual. A desiccated rat corpse designed to pass secret messages. A letter from an American operative on a sheet of Adolf Hitler’s personal stationery. A painting of the real story behind “Argo.” And a remote-controlled robotic dragonfly that may be the ancestor of today’s drones.

futurejournalismproject:

Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Showing Who’s Boss While Hunting With Eagle on Mongolian Mountain Top

Via BBC.

"Schools as a whole may be going forwards, but nevertheless they are being outrun. In the race between education and catastrophe, catastrophe is winning."

H.G. Wells

let-s-build-a-home:

Spill

by Daniel Beltrá

(via gasoline-station)

sword-site:

The Sword of Jeanne D’arc / Joan of Arc otherwise known as The Sword of Saint Catherine

Read more: http://sword-site.com/thread/538/sword-st-catherine-jeanne-darc?page=1&scrollTo=972

Sword-Site: The World’s Largest Free Online Sword Museum

http://www.sword-site.com

(via sweetsyren)

"Spooky action at a distance" makes its video debut…

Real-Time Imaging of Quantum Entanglement (by Iqoqi Wien)

(via jokedout)

A must see for any Blade Runner fans…

Blade Runner - The Aquarelle Edition (by Anders Ramsell)

architectureofdoom:

Cape Coral, Florida

(via constable-connor)