easy town books extracts


Workshop of the sculptor Karl Menzen before he moved, photos: Alice Raya, 2015
workshop Karl Menzen, photo: Alice Raya

‘Noel stood up and declared solemnly: ‘This is the end of big brother. This is the restoration of our privacy and self-determination. This is us, getting our lives back.’

The Hub, book 1, beginning, week 1

‘Well, eventually I asked myself a few questions about the male body and in particular about the penis.’
‘What?’ Leo exclaimed, sounding a lot more awake. ‘How would you even do that? You don’t have a male body and in particular not a penis.’
‘Yes, I noticed. That’s why I need to talk to someone who has.’

The penis trauma

‘Ah, the beauty of modern slavery,’ Alice said with gusto.
She paused and took in the mixed reactions from the audience before she continued with a hint of mockery in her voice: ‘Modern slavery serves us so beautifully, and we don’t even have to see it.’

The beauty of modern Slavery, book 1

‘You are not wrong. We have made our world into an artificial world. It’s not properly alive anymore.’

Digesting, book 2, travelling

In order to make content available to those with little time or specific interests, I compiled a few extract collections.

These extracts from book 1 and 2 usually contain conversations or statements on a specific (kind of) topic.

A subject or topic is never explored in full, but you can find some interesting questions, thoughts or speculation.

Extracts mostly don’t contain significant spoilers and focus on discussions or statements which require little or no story background.

Whenever more story background is required, I added some notes or additional quotes.

I have been thinking about sex on and off for some years. And I can’t help feeling that somewhere in all of this mess, beauty and horror, there is an important key. Sex makes up so much of our lives and cultures.’

We need to talk about sex, limping

‘All right, to summarise: our fashion label will be called dot.international with a snap or a drum or a stab to indicate just how creative we are.’

dot.international, book 1, beginning

more about book 1

the letter

more about book 2

more about all countries

more about the sex talk

the journey disclosed

the things I didn’t expect to write about


Selected extracts from book 1 and 2


The Hub, extracts

The Hub

Let’s build the Hub and be done with the tech giants

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This is a collection of extracts about the Hub — it’s both an idea for a business model and an idea for a new internet platform.

The Hub started out as the project’s own social media platform and has evolved into an internet within the internet.

The Hub features include everything social media has to offer, plus a search engine, a book library, a cinema, a bank and more.

[Jack] ‘(…) So what is the Hub?’
‘It’s all social media in one castle,’ Noel proclaimed with pride. ‘Without the advertising or data collecting. And you get to decide whether your castle is a simple two-dimensional space with just a phone booth to call your kids, or a three-dimensional palace with nearly endless rooms (…)’

(book 1, beginning, week 7)

Hub users pay an equivalent of one euro a month in return for ad-free online services, privacy, full control over features, algorithms and designs.

Noel stood up and declared solemnly: ‘This is the end of big brother. This is the restoration of our privacy and self-determination. This is us, getting our lives back.’

(book 1, beginning, week 1)

The Hub Stations maintain the Hub network and include facilities for education, health, art and businesses to support local communities.


  • Summary

Extracts from book 1

  • How it all began, week 1
  • The Hub Stations, week 2
  • The Hub weekend, week 7
  • Just before the conference, week 8
  • The Hub speech, conference
  • The Hub in town, conference
  • Catching on, conference
  • A nervous tech giant, conference
  • At the party, conference
  • Epilogue

Extracts from book 2/1

  • The Hub, Happy Flying
  • A site for the Hub in California, Happy Flying
  • Bits and pieces about the Hub, San Francisco
  • Politics in Rio
  • A chat with the Dono in Rio
  • The Hub Station in Buenos Aires
  • Big players are nervous about the Hub, Buenos Aires
  • The sex talk, Buenos Aires
  • At the Hub Station in Cape Town, South Africa
  • A clash, South Africa
  • A site for the Hub Station, South Africa
  • A meeting on the airliner
  • The Hub Cinema
  • The Hub Station in Sydney

Extracts from book 2/2

  • Updates on the Flight to Beijing
  • You haven’t come to China to do business?
  • Autonomy for the Hub, China
  • Nervous players again, China
  • The Hub in China
  • A Hub demonstration, Otaon
  • Prince Harun wants to know more, Otaon
  • The Hub in Romania
  • About dwarfs and giants, Romania
  • Hub Locations, Romania
  • Numbers, Russia
  • The Hub core transfer, Russia

Additional material

  • Hub principles (so far)

Pages: 195, 34k
Price: €2.91 (incl. VAT)

dot.international, extracts

dot.international

a business model for a fashion company

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PART I


main extracts and thoughts on dot.international

  • Brainstorming for town businesses, book 1, week 3
  • dot.international, book 2/1, Australia
  • dot. international principles

PART II


book 2/1, travelling

  • Urns, San Francisco
  • Hachiro, San Francisco
  • A show of respect, South Africa

book 2/2, travelling

  • Who do I want to be? China
  • dot. in China?
  • Otaon
  • Jesse, Australia & Romania
  • The prince and the queen, Russia
  • Berlin

PART III – additional material from book 1


  • Job shaking
  • Price per task

This collection includes the story of Princess Marlana.

Pages: 96, 20k
Price: €1.77 (incl. VAT)

digesting, coexisting, alive, extracts, book 2

digesting

A train of thoughts and a magic valley

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This collection includes two extracts from book 2, travelling


book 2/1, travelling, Flight to Sydney

digesting instead of blocking


book 2/2, travelling, China

Coexisting, a magic valley


Pages: 18, 4k
Price: €0.78 (incl. VAT)

extracts, book 1&2, modern slavery, rethinking business

The beauty of modern slavery

and rethinking business practices

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Content


  1. Foreword

book 1, beginning

  1. The beauty of modern slavery, at the conference
  2. Exploitation, week 3

book 2/1, travelling

  1. We are all for freedom, Brazil
  2. Racism, colonialism and the superiority complex, South Africa
  3. Slavery, South Africa
  4. White Africans, South Africa
  5. Raw materials, Flight to Sydney
  6. Cheers to all the bastards, Australia
  7. What’s best for humans, Australia
  8. Brexit, and the EU needs a rethink, Australia

book 2/2, travelling

  1. Balances, China
  2. Going in circles, China
  3. Refugees, Otaon
  4. The time of the dwarfs, Romania
  5. Second class humans, Romania
  6. We can do better, on a global scale, Romania

additional extracts

  1. Rethinking the way we do business, book 1
  2. The Hub, a business model, book 1&2
  3. dot.international, a business model, Australia
  4. The flare up, at the conference

If you don’t mind some spoilers, then this is an extracts collection to get a better idea of what this series is about.

The Hub and dot.international are introduced in this collection, for more details see the Let’s build the Hub and be done with the tech giants and dot.international.

Pages: 101, 20k
Price: €1.81 (incl. VAT)

We need to talk about sex, limping and other speculations by Charlie Alice Raya

We need to talk about sex, limping

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This is a collection of sex-related discussions and incidents from book 1, beginning and book 2/1, travelling.

‘You know,’ Alice said, suddenly somber. ‘I wish we could just face all the sex issues and then move on. So many things are more important than our sexuality. But our sexuality fucking fucks with us.’

book 2/2, travelling, Russia

Extracts from book 2, travelling, and we need to talk about sex


Prelude, US

  • Nudity

Happy Flying, US

  • We need to talk about sex

San Francisco, US

  • Urns
  • Property
  • Couple therapy for the body and the mind
  • Sex jokes
  • Perspectives
  • LGBTQ+
  • Homosexuality, an intrusion?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Copacabana Beach
    • What’s wrong with a girls night?
    • Hoping to be liked
    • So, what’s wrong with a girls night?
    • Traumatic run-ins with women
    • What’s the idea of a girls night?
    • Women prison and inferiority complex
    • A world run by women
    • I never wanted to be a woman
    • Trouble with the body
    • Limping
    • Boys night and penis length
    • Prejudice, unwelcome news, and news from the girls night
    • Evasive gender
  • This is Rio , best place for gays

Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • You have to fuck
  • Your dick is not a weapon
  • Abortion and the Catholic Church
  • Trustworthy men
  • Sex and populism
  • Sex talk, a journey
  • Exploring why we do stupid things
  • Why does fear smell?

South Africa

  • Friends
  • Colours of the skin, HIV and a priest
  • De-scandalising sex

Sydney, Australia

  • Outfits, and urns rebooted
  • Sexiness as weapon among women?

Time off, Australia

  • Beauty

Extracts from book 1, beginning, or drafting a town experiment

  • The vilification of the body
  • Porn
  • Happy parents
  • Why don’t you have children?
  • Pregnancy nightmare
  • Gendered outfits
  • Singledom
  • Losing it
  • Sexual orientation
  • One night stands, affairs, relationships and marriage
  • Who rescues who?
  • Jerks of my mother’s making
  • Role models
  • Abortion

Pages: 161, 30k
Price: €2.44 (incl. VAT)

We still need to talk about sex, extracts

The penis trauma

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About an hour later, Alice felt a rush of excitement.
Could this be an explanation? Of sorts?
She had to talk to someone. But who? Who would be open enough to even think about this?
Alice stared at the screen in front of her, then back at the notepad she had been scribbling on.
Leo. Of course. Leo.

book 2/2, travelling, Flight to Beijing

This collection includes extracts from both parts of book 2, travelling.

While the issues are very serious, there is also humour and some intriguing speculations.


book 2/2, travelling

  1. Domestic violence, Flight to Beijing
  2. The penis trauma, Flight to Beijing
  3. Bulges and urges, Russia
  4. Making each other, Otaon
  5. Is this how rape happens? Romania

book 2/1, travelling

  1. Your dick is not a weapon, your breasts are not a means to an end, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. Nku killed her, Cape Town, South Africa

Leo was silent. Alice heard that he opened a tap and let water run into a glass. Then she could hear his gulps. And then he gasped. ‘Alice,’ he said with panic in his voice. ‘You have to stay out of this.’
‘But Leo, this could be important.’
‘No! Yes, it could be. And that’s why you — a woman — have to stay out of it. If you want this theory to get the attention it might deserve and if you don’t want to repel men from actually giving it a thought, then this is a matter men should deal with on their own.’

book 2/2, travelling, Flight to Beijing

Pages: 43, 9k
Price: €1.13 (incl. VAT)

breaking the cycle, Charlie Alice Raya, extract

Breaking the Cycle

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While writing book 2, the topic of racism kept knocking on my door and kept finding ways to get into the story.

The extracts of this collection focus on the racism which is handed down from generation to generation.

The main piece, Breaking the Cycle, is a movie (so far only in the story), and it is retold by Jack Harris, a famous actor and one of the main characters in the book series.

The additional pieces, I am Walter Kunze and White Africans add thoughts about the guilt of our ancestors.

Content


  • Foreword

  • I am Walter Kunze, Argentina

Breaking the Cycle, South Africa

  • A few days earlier
  • Before Jack tells the story
  • Breaking the cycle

  • White Africans, South Africa

Pages: 19, 3k
Price: €0.75 (incl. VAT)

The invention of evil, extracts

The Invention of Evil

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Jack Harris, one of the main characters in the book series, is a famous actor. He splits his time between the town project and his movie career.
Some of his movies are just mentioned in the story, some are recounted by him and, in the case of the Invention of Evil, Jack and Alice watch his movie together.


The monk


The invention of evil


Pages: 30, 6k
Price: €0.91 (incl. VAT)

Princess Marlana, extract, book 2/2, charlie alice raya

Princess Marlana

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Extracts from book 2/2, Otaon and some additional on the fictitious art of deep energies from several parts in book 2


As a child, I loved the stories of Sinbad and Ali Baba. And when I thought about the travelling team’s visit to the Middle East, I wanted to capture some of this magic, and allow a whiff of fairy tales into the story.
This is one of the reasons why I eventually decided to let the travelling team visit a fictional, ancient kingdom in the Middle East and, of course, I called it Otaon.


Content

Foreword


The story of Princess Marlana and her guards in black


The story of the hunters fountain and the observer


The story of the snake, the witch and the mountain


The library and the story of the philosopher’s study and a special mind


These are often short extracts, but they have a magic of their own.

Pages: 62, 12k
Price: €1.31 (incl. VAT)


photo series: Workshop treasures, 2015


Workshop of the sculptor Karl Menzen before he moved,
photos: Charlie Alice Raya, 2015

Further photo series by Charlie Alice Raya

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