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Tim’s books have earned rave reviews from the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and his Lennon biography was named a book of the year by Kirkus Reviews. His next project chronicles the aesthetics of technology and pop's new exploding multiverse.

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NPR critic and author Tim Riley has reviewed for New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Since 2009, he has taught digital media at Emerson College in Boston. http://timrileyauthor.com