During the fall of 2004, the following are guilty as charged of offering inspiration for what you are reading.
- Scott Rettberg’s hypertext fiction The Meddlesome Passenger.
- Jorge Luis Borges’ collection Labyrinths, especially The Library Of Babel, The Immortal, and The Circular Ruins.
- The literary weblog Conversational Reading, which, beyond generally getting me excited about literature, introduced me to the work of Gilbert Sorrentino, referenced in the penultimate lexia.
- Jill/txt was a daily, still, source of inspiration. A conversation with Jill in real life inspired a lexia.
- Grand Text Auto in general.
- Shelley Jackson’s My Body a Wunderkammer, which made me cry more than once and pushed me to be brave enough to write about sexuality issues.
- Of course, The Unknown Collective’s The Unknown, which greatly influenced how I both read and write hypertext, and my aesthetic vision for hypertext fiction.
- Derik Badman’s, who I met on a Buffy The Vampire Slayer listserv, writing about constraints at the time I was writing War Prayers inspired me to try to write three hundred word, exact, entries.
- Although offline, Rettberg and Nick Montfort’s sticker novel Implementation was paradoxically what made me create a blog to document War Prayers. I had to get my words onto a screen somewhere. I even created a few summary stickers, one of which still is on a wall at The Richard Stockton College Of New Jersey underneath an Implementation sticker.
- From Fibreculture, Caroline McCaw on the art of Second Life and Axel Bruns looks at used based “produsage.”
Barrett Hathcock’s essay on the Internet from The Quarterly Conversation.
Seamus Heaney’s 1985 review of Mr. Palomar from the New York Times.
The New Yorker had a big piece last week on Keith Olbermann.
Meanwhile, on Twitter…
The New Republic pays tribute to de Beauvoir.
My new desktop background (Kind of big and exciting casting spoilers for the finale of Doctor Who)
Kristin Hersh has a new website.
I have always been a big fan of Glen E Friedman’s photography ever since I first purchased Fuck You Heroes as a teenager. Via Boing Boing comes word that he has a new book which focuses on photos of the band Fugazi. While I am not a huge Fugazi fan, Friedman’s work is as good as usual and worth looking into.
The Little Professor links to a series of sites about mental illness and the Victorians. Right now I am doing some research and writing about the Victorian period for two papers I am working on. These links will be very useful.
Via Scott Rettberg, GTxA, and the Electronic Literature Organization itself, I am happy and very proud to pass along word that there are two new publications available from the ELO. I will let the ELO’s own descriptions speak for themselves:
N. Katherine Hayles’s “Electronic Literature: What Is It?” establishes a foundation for understanding e-lit in its various forms and differentiates creative e-lit from other types of digital materials. This primer serves the twin purposes of reaching general readers and serving students and institutional audiences by providing descriptions of major characteristics of electronic literature and reflections on the nature of the field. This piece will also appear as the introductory chapter of Hayles’s book Electronic Literature: Playing, Interpreting, and Teaching (coming from Notre Dame Press in fall 2007). The book will also include the CD-ROM of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume One — a compendium of 60 digital works of poetry and prose, published by the ELO in October 2006.
Joseph Tabbi’s “Setting a Direction for the Directory: Toward a Semantic Literary Web” outlines and analyzes the critical issues relating to the description and classification of e-lit. Tabbi describes an approach that will allow the ELO Directory and other digital resources to be more useful, maintainable, transparent, and integrated with evolving technologies. The work organizes the terms of the problem into a call for an overall strategy of editorial and community-driven discourse about e-lit that will also be dependent on metadata solutions that are convergent with those described and implemented in other ELO publications.
I was very impressed by Hayles’ keynote address last month at the ELO’s symposium. I look forward to reading both of these new publications.
MITH and the Electronic Literature Organization are pleased to announce a public symposium on the Future of Electronic Literature, May 2 and 3 at the University of Maryland, College Park, with co-sponsorship from the University Libraries and Department of English. The keynote speakers will be Kate Hayles (John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature at UCLA) and Kenneth Thibodeau (Director of Electronic Records Archives Program, National Archives and Records Administration).