New book reviews at RCCS include: Susan B. Barnes’s Online Connections: Internet Interpersonal Relationships reviewed by Andrew Dalton; Edwin Bendyk and Zatruta Studnia’s [Poisoned Well. On Power and Freedom] reviewed by Alek Tarkowski; N. Katherine Hayles’s Writing Machines reviewed by Michael Filas; Joseph Tabbi’s Cognitive Fictions reviewed by Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Jen Webb, with a rejoinder from Joseph Tabbi; and Mark Warschauer’s Technology and Social Inclusion: Rethinking the Digital Divide reviewed by Chris Hewson.
First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game, edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Pat Harrigan, is a new book gathering a remarkably diverse group of new media theorists and practitioners to consider the relationship between “story” and “game,” as well as the new kinds of artistic creation (literary, performative, playful) that have become possible in the digital environment. Topics range from “Cyberdrama” to “Ludology” (the study of games), to “The Pixel/The Line” to “Beyond Chat.” For more information and to purchase First Person, visit MIT Press.
Hello World: travels in virtuality is a new book from trAce’s Artistic Director, Sue Thomas. Part travelogue, part memoir, Thomas draws on her online travels as well as her physical journeys in the USA, Australia and England. Go to trAce to purchase the book online. Visit the Hello World blog and win a signed copy of the book for the most insightful blog comment.
This month’s new books reviews at RCCS are: David E. Nye’s America as Second Creation: Technology and Narratives of New Beginnings reviewed by Craig McFarlane; Jeffrey Sconce’s Haunted Media: Electronic Presence From Telegraphy to Television reviewed by Dougie Bicket; Andy Clark’s Natural Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence reviewed by Steven A. Benko; Hubert L. Dreyfus’s On the Internet reviewed by Geoffrey Cain; Chong-En Bai & Chi-Wa Yuen’s Technology and the New Economy reviewed by Suely Fragoso; and Geert Lovink’s Uncanny Networks: Dialogues with the Virtual Intelligentsia reviewed by Ted Kafala.
Deena Larsen is one of the people interviewed in “The Uncertain Future of the Past,” Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan 30, 2004. The article describes the threatened loss of electronic documents as their formats become obsolete and newer machines cannot read them.
The “Literature in Programmable Media/Literatur in Netzen/Netzliteratur” research project at the University of Siegen’s Centre of Cultural Research is now online. The site currently contains an archive of articles by project participants, links to sites of artists and scholars with whom the project collaborates, and event announcements. There are plans for an on-line discussion forum in the near future. The project “aims at analysing the ongoing changes of literary communication in programmable and networked media, particularly on the Internet.”
The Brown University Program in Literary Arts will present E-FEST 2004, a celebration of electronic literary art, on February 17-19. The program will feature readings by John Cayley, Stephanie Strickland, Talan Memmott, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Brian Kim Stefans, Aya Karpinska, Alan Sondheim and more. E-FEST 2004 also includes performances, panels, discussions with artists and theorists, and artist demos.
Edited by Jan Van Looy and Jan Baetens, Close Reading New Media: Analyzing Electronic Literature is the first publication to apply the method of close analysis to new media. This book proposes close readings of work by Mark Amerika, Darren Aronofsky, M.D. Coverley, Raymond Federman, Shelley Jackson, Rick Pryll, Geoff Ryman and Stephanie Strickland.
New book reviews at RCCS include: Espen J. Aarseth’s Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature reviewed by Vika Zafrin; David Kushner’s Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created An Empire and Transformed Pop Culture reviewed by Bob Rehak; and Steven Poole’s Trigger Happy: Videogames and the Entertainment Revolution reviewed by Edward Castronova and Aaron Delwiche.
Nick Montfort’s new book, Twisty Little Passages, is now available from MIT Press. For more details and to order the book, visit http://nickm.com/twisty.
This month’s TIR Web features Tal Halpern, as well as Judy Malloy’s “Afterwards” and Matthew Purdy’s review of Lisa Gitelman & Geoffrey Pingree’s New Media, 1740-1915.
This month’s new books reviews at RCCS include: Gitte Stald & Thomas Tufte’s Global Encounters: Media and Cultural Transformation reviewed by Charles Ess, Kevin Douglas Kuswa, and Radhika Seth; Stewart M. Hoover & Lynn Schofield Clark’s Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media: Explorations in Media, Religion, and Culture reviewed by Christopher Helland; and Phillip Thurtle & Robert Mitchell’s Semiotic Flesh: Information and the Human Body reviewed by Anne Beaulieu, Simone Seym, and Sarah Stein, with a response from authors Phillip Thurtle and Robert Mitchell.
Visit Raw Nerve Books to pre-order your copy of Hello World: Travels in Virtuality by Sue
Thomas, to be published in March 2004. Raw Nerve is having a special offer in which you may pre-order Hello World and buy Cyborg Lives?: Women’s Technobiographies edited by Flis Henwood, Helen Kennedy and Nod Miller, at a discounted price.
MIT Press and Leonardo/ISAST announces the publication of Women, Art, and Technology, a book featuring the work of female artists who have played a central role in the development of new media practice. More information about Women, Art, and Technology is available at Judy Malloy’s site, and you may purchase the book at Amazon.