Tag: fiction

Pasts and Futures of Netprov


In Pasts and Futures of Netprov, Rob Wittig articlates a theory for Networked Improv Narratives, or “Netprovs.” Wittig, an innovator in this novel form, situates netprov at the interesection of literature, drama, mass media, games, and new media. Transcribed from a presentation given at the Electronic Literature Organization conference in Morgantown, WV, Wittig explores a number of antecedents to the form, documents current exemplars of this practice, and invites readers to create their own networked improvisations.

Flatland in VAS


Lila Marz Harper shows the many dimensions of intertextuality between Edwin Abbott’s Flatland and Steve Tomasula’s VAS. From typography to narratology, Tomasula’s “opera in flatland” follows Abbott, in a geometry of fiction that interrogates the biopolitics of today.

a Joseph McElroy festschrift


Andrew Walser introduces a gathering of essays on and by the novelist Joseph McElroy.

Blank Frank


This review of Ralph Berry’s novel Frank and the subsequent exchange between the authors, appeared in the March/April 2006 and July/August 2006 issues of The American Book Review.

Tending the Garden Plot: Victory Garden and Operation Enduring...


Dave Ciccoricco returns to Stuart Moulthrop, considers Operation Enduring Freedom (2003) in light of Operation Desert Storm (1991), and consults the annals of World War II for a likely source of “Victory Garden,” the title of Moulthrop’s 1991 network fiction on the Gulf War.

No Victims, the anti-theme


Cris Mazza sends in her introduction to the follow-up volume of Chick-Lit, No Victims.

Being Inside the Sentence


Gregg Biglieri reads “into” Actress in the House and revels in Joseph McElroy’s syntax.

Skin Deep: Lynne Tillman's American Genius, A Comedy


“Like skin, the comma both connects and divides.” Peter Nicholls traces Tillman’s endlessly subordinating, endlessly equivocating sentences, showing how their quest for historical and social clarity passes through an interminable sequence of deferral and denial.



Rob Swigart’s “Seeking” is a clever and funny story whose roots lie in the materialization of internet interdating connections. Moving through the technological and media reductions of desire, Swigart parallels the overarching theme of “seeking” with a form that is itself punctuated with questions.

Seeing the novel in the 21st Century


Mike Barrett evaluates Steve Tomasula’s The Book of Portraiture in terms of its place between tradition and artistic innovation in the 21st century.