Decollage of an Iconic Image

2018-05-30

Even as the first biography of Kathy Acker appears, we have word of a newly assembled Acker archive in Cologne, under the curatorship of Daniel Schulz. The gist of which, could be to re-orient Acker’s personal relationships to “the politics inherent in Acker’s life.”

Vibrant Wreckage: Salvation and New Materialism in Moby-Dick and Ambient Parking Lot

2018-05-30

Instead of simply reviewing Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett (Duke 2010), author Dale Enggass applies Bennett’s “Political Ecology of Things” to longstanding (and not yet resolved) themes of salvation, materialism and transcendence in Melville’s Moby-Dick and Pamela Lu’s Ambient Parking Lot.

Author and Auto-censorship

2018-05-05

Max Nestelieiev responds to Joseph McElroy’s recent ebr essay Forms of Censorship; Censorship As Form, exploring how Soviet control enforced onto writers a self-censorship for which their work paid the price.

Self-Aware Self-Censorship As Form

2018-05-05
A dedicated, elaborated thought stream from an author who, like McElroy, has read and thought about  the presence of censorship (as theme and experience) in novels by Ross Gibson, Shariar Mandinipour,J. .M. Coetzee, W. G. Sebald, Mark Z Danielewski, Italo Calvino, and Fernando Pessoa. Author David Thomas Henry Wright explores the (loss of) authority of the literary novel in a time of “networked glut” while at the same time seeking trans-national, trans-historical, photographic, multi-medial and inter-generational “alliances”  that might redress contemporary censorship and “deeply shape (or erode) contemporary literature.” 

Beyond Ecological Crisis: Niklas Luhmann’s Theory of Social Systems

2018-04-01

Bergthaller’s essay originally appeared in the collection, Ecological Thought in Germany. It is reprinted here, with permissions from Lexington Books, as part of an ebr gathering-in-process on Natural Media (to be released in the summer of 2018).


Of Myth and Madness: A Postmodern Fable

2018-05-05

Ralph Clare reviews After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography by Chris Kraus.  

 

Postcinematic Writing

2018-03-03

Adrian Miles (09/19/1960 — 02/05/2018) was an early theorist, practioner and teacher of cinematic hypertext and networked, “writerly” video. In memory of his innovative research in these fields, ebr presents this short dialogue between Adrian and founding ebr publisher Mark Amerika. The text is republished from META/DATA: A Digital Poetics, by Mark Amerika, with permission from The MIT Press.   

 

The Role of Imagination in Narrative Indie Games

2018-03-03

What binds literature, electronic literature and games is “the shaping and networking of the imagination.” Drawing on the ideas of Damasio, Walton and Sartre, Gordon Calleja looks at the synthesizing role of the imagination in narrative indie games.

Forms of Censorship; Censorship As Form

2018-02-04
Beginning as a talk delivered at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine May 17, 2017, now edited and amplified for publication in the electronic book review and the 2018 collection of ebr essays forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press.

Review of Angela Nagle's Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right

2018-01-05

Gregor Baszak parses Nagle’s celebrated, and “overdue” reconsideration of the internet, and social media in particular as a battlefield for politics.

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