It's the not-too-distant future. Thomas Binder has been sentenced to six months without his Giz, the government-issued device that connects him to the world, and ordered to attend group therapy. Bored out of his mind, Thomas forages in his grandfather's basement and discovers something he's never seen before. Something he can bring to group therapy and maybe even impress the mysterious and elegant Elsa. Futuristic, dark, but ultimately hopeful and romantic, "The Gizless Days of Thomas Binder" is a must-read for anyone who loves reading, books, ebooks, libraries, and the stories that fuel our lives. Seth Kaufman’s short story is also part of the novel The King of Pain, a riotously funny portrait of an out-of-control entertainment mogul and a dazzlingly original look at torture. The King of Pain is part Jennifer Egan, part Italo Calvino, part "Entourage," and 100% marvelous.