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M. T. Anderson is the author of many picture books, adventure novels, and books for older readers. The book Feed, was a Finalist for the National Book Awards and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. http://mt-anderson.com/M. T. Anderson was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1968. When his father was working on radar systems for the U.S. Army they moved to Italy for a couple years. As a teenager he spent his time writing stories, comics, and novels. His first novel is called The Game of Sunken Places. He applied for a scholarship to a boarding school in England where he studied Anglo-Saxon history and English poets. He ended up in Cambridge University a couple years later. After university he worked as an intern at the Boston Review, an editorial assistant at Candlewick Press, and as a classical music reviewer for the Improper Bostonian. Anderson went back to school at Syracuse University in up state New York where he received an MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing. When he is not writing, Anderson likes to travel to exotic places and visit the ruins of ancient cities. In the winter he likes to cross-country ski and hikes a lot in New Hampshire and Vermont. He loves writing for young readers and loves their passion and commitment to stories.http://mt-anderson.com/blog/about/M. T. Anderson wrote the book feed, because as a teenager he was irritated at the way companies tried to sell me things. There was also a message in ads and tv shows and movies are showing us images of the high life, playing on our desire to belong. Which has intensified over time. Feed was written in 2001, before devices existed, and before marketing systems had become as sophisticated as they are now. So I began to conceive of a story in which these media connections and social networking connections weren’t external, but within us all. What if we no longer needed devices? What if we had an internet feed within us, so we were never disconnected? It is out of the memory of my anger as a teen at the bullying maneuvers of “youth marketing” that I wrote the book – but also out of the knowledge that even now, I’m part of this system of desire. I still can’t get out of my head the images of who I’m supposed to be. (For my current age: the picket fence; the lawn; holding some daughter up toward the sun; strapping my tykes into the SUV.) And how much I legitimately do think that the technology-based information resources at our command now are incredible (things like Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, instant music and movie downloads, even the much-maligned Wikipedia). These are tools for an amazing new intellectual understanding of the world, though they come with strings attached. It is the anguish of indecision that animates it. This is indeed a brave new world, but there is a cost.http://mt-anderson.com/blog/his-books/books-for-teens-and-adults/feed-2/