Debut author: Andrew Blum

Sunday, June 3rd 2012. | Internet News

The data standstill caused by a rubber-hungry squirrel in Andrew Blum’s garden marked the beginning of a two-year quest to uncover the physical world of the internet. The result is Tubes, in which Blum documents his trail of discovery from the birthplace of the first transmitted message at UCLA to telecommunications hubs in Frankfurt, Amsterdam and beyond.

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“I wrote Tubes first and foremost to satisfy my own curiosity,” Blum says. “I’d always wondered about it but didn’t think there was a way of finding out, a way of actually going to visit the internet.” He describes his debut as a “strange book about the internet as we can smell it”.

Blum has studied literature and human geography at Amherst College and the University of Toronto respectively. Currently living in his native New York with his wife, daughter and dog, he contributes to publications such as Wired, the New York Times and the New Yorker on topics ranging from art and urbanism to travel and technology.

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