December 20, 2007 in Other News
Announcing “Seeking,” new fiction by Rob Swigart, innovator, elit author, and former Secretary of the ELO Board. “Seeking” appears as part of the Fictions Present thread in the electronic book review.
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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.
“Playful, irreverent, musical. That’s me.” She was neat and plain,
with a narrow, heart-shaped face and a slightly crooked smile no
doubt meant to convey an impression of irreverence. “You’re intense,
romantic, financially stable?”
He could see her disappointment, but they strolled the galleries and
talked. He didn’t really know enough about music to fool her, but
acted interested and in the end it didn’t go too badly.
Rob Swigart has been a journalist, a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, a technical writer for Apple Computer, designer and writer of several computer games, secretary of the board of the Electronic Literature Organization, and is the author of nine novels, the latest of which is Xibalba Gate, A Novel of the Classic Maya. An interactive novel, Portal, was published in 1986 on computer disk and two years later in ‘hard copy’. He has published electronic literary fiction both on CDROM (Down Time, Eastgate Systems) and on the web. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Archaeology Center.