Between The Lines: Michael Clune, Author Of Gamelife

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Between The Lines: Michael Clune, Author Of Gamelife
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Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern says
"You have been awakened.

Floppy disk inserted, computer turned on, a whirring, and then this sentence, followed by a blinking cursor." So begins Suspended, the first computer game to obsess seven-year-old Michael, to worm into his head and change his sense of reality. Thirty years later he will write: "Computer games have taught me the things you can't learn from people."

Gamelife is the memoir of a childhood transformed by technology. Afternoons spent gazing at pixelated maps and mazes train Michael's eyes for the uncanny side of 1980s suburban Illinois. A game about pirates yields clues to the drama of cafeteria politics and locker-room hazing. And in the year of his parents' divorce, a spaceflight simulator opens a hole in reality.

In telling the story of his youth through seven computer games, Michael W. Clune captures the part of childhood we live alone.

Between the Lines is presented in partnership with the Happy Dog and the East Cleveland Public Library. Clune will read from Gamelife: A Memoir, discuss the inspiration behind his work, and engage in a lively Q&A with a moderator and the audience.

Michael W. Clune is the critically acclaimed author of the memoirs Gamelife and White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin. His academic books include Writing Against Time and American Literature and the Free Market. Clune’s work has appeared in venues ranging from Harper’s, Salon, and Granta, to Behavioral and Brain Sciences, PMLA, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, and lives in Shaker Heights.
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