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The Unfortunates: Interacting with an Audio Story for Smart Speakers - BBC R&D
"In an interview excerpted in The Advance Guard of the Avant-garde, he says that ‘the randomness of the material was directly in conflict with the book as a technological object’. We hope that by using the randomness available to us in a new technological object, we have created a treatment of the work that Johnson would have felt does the material justice." IRFS on their version of _The Unfortunates_ for Alexa - an idea I have a tiny hand in prompting into existence. There's so much frustrating about developing creative content for smart speakers, but this feels like a strong fit between the source material - a radio play in fragments - and the technology - a speaker that is also a computer. Henry's writeup is strong.
bsjohnson  irfs  bbc  theunfortunates  fiction  literature  interactivity 
14 days ago by infovore
A professional book critic in praise of Amazon reader reviews.
"I’m especially intrigued by reader reviews written by people unfamiliar with the vocabulary of literary criticism. They aim to describe experiences that most of us recognize but that can be hard to articulate, and they have to make up the language for it as they go along." This is a great article on the various assets of reader-reviews, and where they set on the spectrum of criticism.
books  writing  reviews  criticism  literature  internet 
november 2016 by infovore
Ebooks for all — The Message — Medium
Really strong piece by Craig Mod on Worldreader and their achievements, focusing on a school in Ghana.
ebooks  publishing  literature  craigmod  writing  africa  ereaders 
june 2014 by infovore
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 211, William Gibson
"Coming up with a word like neuromancer is something that would earn you a really fine vacation if you worked in an ad agency. It was a kind of booby-trapped portmanteau that contained considerable potential for cognitive dissonance, that pleasurable buzz of feeling slightly unsettled." There is so, so much in this interview, that quoting it feels somewhat futile. It's a really lovely thing piece, that goes far beyond cyberpunk, and delves deep into Gibson's writing and history. There are at least five meaty quotes I wanted to yank; it's worth reading and rereading.
williamgibson  writing  literature  interview  sf 
july 2013 by infovore
Reading Markson Reading
David Markson left all the books he owned to New York's Strand bookshop; now, they are likely further spread. This blog collects annotations and commentary that people have found in books previously belonging to Markson. Brilliant.
books  marginalia  davidmarkson  reading  literature 
may 2012 by infovore
Downloadable Classics | Hookshot Inc.
"Melville’s searing, wayward novel about obsession and the nature of evil becomes a twin-stick shooter for consoles. The twist? The playing field is 5000 miles wide, and there’s only one enemy." Christian is brilliant. (I'm pretty sure my links are full of 'Christian is brilliant' annotations)
games  books  literature  melville  christiandonlan 
march 2012 by infovore
The Digital Humanities and Interpretation -
"When another scholar worries that if one begins with data, one can “go anywhere,” Ramsay makes it clear that going anywhere is exactly what he wants to encourage. The critical acts he values are not directed at achieving closure by arriving at a meaning; they are, he says, “ludic” and they are “distinguished … by a refusal to declare meaning in any form.” The right question to propose “is not ‘What does the text mean?’ but, rather, ‘How do we ensure that it keeps on meaning’ — how … can we ensure that our engagement with the text is deep, multifaceted, and prolonged?”" Which is interesting, as is the whole article - the author is not convinced by the 'digital humanities', but he still links to some very interesting stuff about algorithmic criticism.
humanities  literature  criticism  literarycriticism  algorithms  data  datamining 
january 2012 by infovore
Novels are digital art too « Alex McLean
"A great deal of what is called `digital art’ is not digital art at all, and it seems many digital artists seem ashamed of the digital.  In digital installation art, the screen and keyboard are literally hidden in a box somewhere, as if words were a point of shame.  The digital source code behind the work is not shown, and all digital output is only viewable by the artist or a technician for debugging purposes.  The experience of the actual work is often entirely analog, the participant moves an arm, and observes an analog movement in response, in sight, sound or motor control.  They may choose to make jerky, discontinuous movements, and get a discontinuous movement in response, but this is far from the complexity of digital language.  This kind of installation forms a hall of mirrors.  You move your arm around and look for how your movement has been contorted."
art  literature  novels  digital  culture 
october 2011 by infovore
The New Value of Text |
"Velocity, depth, breadth. These are the dimensions we can add to books, that are the gifts of a digital age, not gimmicks, glossy presentation and media-catching stunts. The text works. It stands and speaks for itself. It is not what we need to change." Yes, yes, yes, this, a hundred times over.
publishing  text  writing  literature  ebooks  stml  jamesbridle 
october 2011 by infovore
via Frank : Good art is a kind of magic. It does magical...
"Good art is a kind of magic. It does magical things for both artist and audience. We can have long polysyllabic arguments about how to describe the way this magic works, but the plain fact is that good art is magical and precious and cool. It’s hard to try and make good art, and it seems to me wholly reasonable that good artists should be concerned with their work’s cultural reception." Oh, this.
writing  davidfosterwallace  creativity  literature 
september 2011 by infovore
The History of Science Fiction
This large image (4400×2364 pixels) is completely marvellous: a genuine history, reaching back into trends from the dawn of literature, and with a healthy chunk of 19th century gothic/mystery in there. Makes me very happy, especially in terms of fond memories of books I've enjoyed.
art  books  sciencefiction  scifi  literature  history  diagram 
march 2011 by infovore
Walking in Holden's Footsteps - Interactive Map -
"Trace Holden Caulfield's perambulations around Manhattan in "The Catcher in the Rye" to places like the Edmont Hotel, where Holden had an awkward encounter with Sunny the hooker; the lake in Central Park, where he wondered about the ducks in winter; and the clock at the Biltmore, where he waited for his date." Lovely.
visualisation  geo  jdsalinger  catcherintherye  newyork  manhattan  map  literature 
january 2010 by infovore
A New Theory of Awesomeness and Miracles, by James Bridle
"Being NOTES and SLIDES on a talk given at PLAYFUL 09, concerning CHARLES BABBAGE, HEATH ROBINSON, MENACE and MAGE" Awesome; shame I couldn't be there. I wondered where that link about Michie had come from a few weeks ago...
machinelearning  complexity  games  jamesbridle  literature  mathematics  donaldmichie  menace 
november 2009 by infovore
"From 30th June to 25th August, I'll be following a route across Scotland from the south western tip of Mull to the outskirts of Edinburgh, as charted in Chapters 14–27 of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’." I remember talking to Tim about this at BookCamp; it's great to see it in-the-world.
books  literature  maps  walking  media  kidnapped  stevenson  timwright 
july 2009 by infovore
Twittering betimes (Phil Gyford’s website)
"I thoroughly enjoy the more real time nature of these diary fragments popping up among my friends’ updates. It’s easy to picture @samuelpepys conducting his business and pleasure, travelling around London — from his home near the Tower of London to Deptford to Westminster — when he’s updating you on his progress during the day." Phil on the joy of small updates from things that aren't (quite) people.
twitter  bot  literature  writing  diary  samuelpepys  philgyford 
june 2009 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: How the Other Half Writes: In Defense of Twitter
"Now that suburban housewives in Missouri are letting their thoughts be known via Twitter, it's as if writing itself is thought to be under attack, invaded from all sides by the unwashed masses whose thoughts have not been sanctioned as Literature™. In many ways, I'm reminded of Truman Capote's infamous put-down of Jack Kerouac: "That's not writing, it's typing.""
twitter  writing  bldgblog  society  people  literature  microblogging  notetaking  culture 
april 2009 by infovore
Cruise Elroy » The game that was a book
"As I tried to unravel Braid’s interstitial text I realized that solving the puzzles and understanding the text required very similar approaches. Their concealed machinations and thematic ambiguities are teased out using the same mental processes, and are part of the same overarching search for meaning. In a way, I was “reading” everything in the game. It’s not the unification of narrative and gameplay that we’ve come to expect, but it’s a refreshing and effective one." Dan Bruno has an interesting perspective on Braid; not sure I agree with it entirely, but the feelings he describes are certainly familiar.
games  braid  literature  writing  criticism  exploration  comprehension 
april 2009 by infovore
Contrariwise: Literary Tattoos
"Tattoos from books, poetry, music, and other sources." As with all tattoos: some are misspelt, some are a bit blah, some are beautiful.
writing  art  tattoo  books  literature  bodyart  poetry  quotations  tattoos 
march 2009 by infovore
EA's drawing board of ideas before creating Dante's Inferno: the videogame - The Eegra Forums
"This summer will you be, or not be? It's Resident Evil meets House of the Dead, IN DENMARK." Epic Eegra thread taking the Dante's Inferno-shaped ball and running a very, very long way with it.
games  humour  pastiche  dantesinferno  forum  literature  mashup  eegra 
february 2009 by infovore
A LEGO Orange : Man Bytes Blog
"This is not intended to be a fun game. It has all the trappings of a LEGO game. It has the forgiving game mechanics. The ease of control. But it uses these elements to create a cognitive dissonance between the ease of the actions and the terrible nature of their real world counterparts." Corvus hypothesises what A Lego Clockwork Orange might look like. Thoughtful stuff.
games  literature  lego  anthonyburgess  clockworkorange  roundtable  whatif 
january 2009 by infovore
A Sarsen Amongst Dirt: Experimental Type & Design — Bookkake
"A couple of other examples of this kind of thing we like, are the bookish experimentations of B.S. Johnson, whose second novel Alberto Angelo contains both stream-of-conciousness marginalia, and cut-through pages enabling the reader to see ahead - possibly the most radical act I know in experimental books." Yes! And which I bang on about interminably. I love this stuff.
design  publishing  books  literature  book  print  bsjohnson  nonlinear 
january 2009 by infovore
EA's Inferno to get big screen adaptation News // None /// Eurogamer - Games Reviews, News and More
"Dante's Inferno, the poem, explores the Christian afterlife, as Dante traipses through nine circles of Hell to get to Purgatory and eventually Heaven. EA will apparently interpret this as fighting supernatural baddies." Oh bloody hell.
ea  games  licensing  dante  inferno  literature  uhoh 
november 2008 by infovore
Iain Sinclair on HG Wells's The War of the Worlds | Books | The Guardian
"Wells has received insufficient credit as a writer of rhythmic, incantatory prose, long-breath paragraphs to cut against his tight journalistic reportage. The War of the Worlds makes the journey from sensationalist incident to moral parable. Wells predicts an era when fiction and documentary will be inseparable." Fantastic writing from Iain Sinclair on HG Wells.
hgwells  scifi  sciencefiction  scientificromance  novels  books  writing  literature 
september 2008 by infovore
2008 Results
2008 Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest results. Excellent, as usual.
writing  fiction  literature  humour  pastiche  bulwerlytton 
august 2008 by infovore
Creating ‘The (Former) General’ | Mssv
"It's not quite a game, and while it does have branching, it doesn't allow the reader to affect the outcome of story - only their own experience of it." Adrian Hon on writing something better than Choose-Your-Own-Adventure. Some lovely visible thinking.
books  writing  storytelling  sixtostart  games  play  literature  hypertext  hyperfiction  fiction 
may 2008 by infovore
Wuthering Heights roleplaying rules
"The Actor shall throw two ten-sided dice & add thirty-nine to obtain the Persona's amount of Rage. He shall throw two ten-sided dice & add thirty-nine to obtain the Persona's amount of Despair." And so it goes on. Frankly, hilarious.
literature  rpg  roleplaying  rules  humorous  funny  melodrama  melodramatic 
may 2008 by infovore
The Elements Of Style: UNIX As Literature
"...a suspiciously high proportion of my UNIX colleagues had already developed, in some prior career, a comfort and fluency with text and printed words. They were adept readers and writers, and UNIX played handily to those strengths."
unix  writing  text  literature  operatingsystem  analogy  article 
january 2008 by infovore » Swotter
"Swotter reads books to Twitter, and via Twitter to the world." It just finished reading Ulysses aloud. It is awesome.
twitter  books  technology  publishing  literature 
december 2007 by infovore
Again With the Comics: Batman by Dostoyevsky
"This marriage of Classic Russian Literature and the Caped Crusader of Gotham also serves as further proof, if any were needed, that everything is better with Batman."
comics  crossover  batman  dostoyevsky  literature  humour 
october 2007 by infovore Notebook » Under the brown fog of a winter dawn
"Literature is inescapably intertwined with our everyday environment. By making this visible, we can encourage and spread it, and send it in new and exciting directions."
writing  literature  gps  location  locative  art  culture 
september 2007 by infovore
Peanuts, by Charles Bukowski
What it says on the tin. Delightful. "You’re a piece of work, Charlie Branaski... you try to fly your kite, you play baseball, you drink all night and you’re lousy at all of it."
comics  bukowski  peanuts  comic  literature  humour  parody 
august 2007 by infovore
A man for all ages | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books
According to many critics of his time, Shakespeare was vulgar, provincial and overrated. So how did he become the supreme deity of poetry, drama and high culture itself, asks Jonathan Bate.
shakespeare  literature  history  theatre  toread  guardian 
april 2007 by infovore
New Statesman - Imaginary friends
"To conflate fantasy with immaturity is a rather sizeable error. Rational yet non-intellectual, moral yet inexplicit, symbolic not allegorical, fantasy is not primitive but primary." Ursula le Guin on fine form in the NS.
ursulaleguin  fantasy  sf  writing  fiction  literature  essay  criticism  children  reading 
december 2006 by infovore
The lone wolf - Books - Entertainment -
[Murukami] wrote the initial chapters in English, before translating them into Japanese. "I didn't know how to write fiction, so I tried writing in English because my vocabulary was limited. I knew too many words in Japanese. It was too heavy." Good inter
books  interview  japan  literature  writing  howework  murukami 
july 2006 by infovore
under odysseus
A weblog being kept during the Odyssey. Funny.
blog  homer  funny  literature 
march 2006 by infovore

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