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TOC: Steve Tomasula's Brilliant Literary Time Machine

Illya Szilak | Posted 04.16.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

We live in a time when the physical object of the book is giving way to an apparently immaterial, eternally renewable electronic version. Steve Tomasula's multimedia novel TOC utilizes the same technology that has fostered this shift to create a compelling work about the nature of time.

Books That Nobody Reads: E-lit at the Library of Congress

Illya Szilak | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

From April 3-5, the most vaunted library in the land hosted "Electronic Literature and Its Emerging Forms" an exhibition of 27 works of "born digital" literature, as well as print antecedents from the collection and hands-on interactive literary exercises for visitors.

Killing the Literary: The Death of E-lit

Illya Szilak | Posted 05.19.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

I recently had the opportunity to ask Paul La Farge some questions about his intrepid foray into e-lit. For those interested in the question of why e-lit remains marginalized, Paul's answers are particularly revealing.

It's All Fun Until Someone Loses: E-lit Plays Games

Illya Szilak | Posted 05.07.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

Rather than place poetry in opposition to technology, Jason Nelson uses language as an adjunct technology, a means to create an additional play space in which the rules no longer apply.

What Does a Polar Bear Do in a Jungle? How E-lit Expands the Habitat of Literature

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.10.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

What does a polar bear do in a jungle? It dies or it adapts. Such is the case with e-lit, where there are more than a few examples of the former occurring and some exciting examples of the latter.