Textual Events (3 of 5)


How to commodify “intellectual property” when the object, a text, is made of other texts, and each reading is a re-writing? The Politics of Information, Part 3, considers the identity of event and machine.

Reverberation: Writing as a Visual Medium and the Sight of the Avant Garde


Further on Gertrude Stein, Carole Maso, and the avant garde in U.S. fiction from Lidia Yuknavitch.

Narratological Amphibiousness, or: Invitation to the Covert History of Possibility


Lance Olsen continues the FC/2 authors’ discussion of Carole Maso’s AVA and adds some bits on Laird Hunt, Mark Z Danielewski, Judd Morrissey and Lori Talley, and other recent U.S. avant-gardists.

The Avant-Garde and the Question of Literature


Ralph Berry on Avant-Garde fiction and the future of the page.

Beyond the Voting Machine


Marc Bousquet introduces a forthcoming Altx critical e-book, hosted online by ebr, appearing in five sections through the Fall of 2003. A new ebr thread, Technocapitalism, is built around its concerns.

Pervaded by Epistemology


A review of Writing Machines, building on a number of the book’s earlier reviewers in ebr and elsewhere.

The Materiality of Technotexts


A book about books conscious of their materiality, N. Katherine Hayles’ Writing Machines draws praise from Raine Koskimaa for its own media consciousness, and blame for embodied emphasis.

Bridge Work


Form and platform are bridged in Stephanie Strickland’s “V: WaveSon.nets/Losing L’una,” a book with two beginings and a website to boot. Chris Funkhouser tests the load limit of this innovative, precarious structure.

Justin Hall and the Birth of the 'Blogs


Rob Wittig looks at one of the earliest “Weblogs,” and finds there a persisting model for serial e-fiction and an interaction no less compelling than the literary correspondence between Henry Miller and Anais Nin.

9/11 Emerging


A personal account by novelist Joseph McElroy of the WTC crash (that is: a structure of some outside and inside project encompassing one individual).