Talking to the Machines

Talking to the Machines by Marc Thomas
Marc Thomas

Coming October 2024

About the Book

AI, Ulysses, and COVID, oh my!

Marc Thomas, in his second volume of poetry, takes on the machines — and what artificial intelligence says more about Us than Them — and reflects on the once-in-a-century pandemic as well as the century-old (and often inscrutable) literary masterpiece of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

About the Author

Photo © Ed Eckstrand

Marc Thomas has been a college librarian, a historical society archivist, and a government technocrat. In 2006, he retired from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after a varied career in several capacities, including regulation and policy development, legislative implementation, planning, budget, systems, contracts, and project and risk management.

He has a bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and master’s degrees in library and information science from the State University of New York at Albany and in theology from the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.

Active in several book clubs, he is an avid and eclectic reader — especially of mystery stories, poetry, literature, history, philosophy, science, and any other damned thing that catches his fancy — and is known for diving down rabbit holes of enthusiasm and coming back with odd treasures of trivia.

He also supports Little Free Libraries, including the one in front of his house, and is a sporadically active amateur genealogist.

A book collector limited by (shelf) space and time, Marc persists in an ongoing battle to manage the transition from simple accumulation to a curated library of fixed physical dimensions.

In 2011, Marc and his wife retired to Savannah, Georgia, where they live in an artfully painted house and enjoy their dog, their ducks, and a garden.

Books by Marc Thomas