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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.

The Silent History: E-lit Looks to the Future

Illya Szilak | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

I wonder what contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben would make of the brilliant new novel The Silent History.

Reorienting Narrative: E-lit as Psychogeography

Illya Szilak | Posted 08.11.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

In much of her work, writer/artist J. R. Carpenter fabricates hybrid places that are both "virtual" and attached to real world locales.

Remembering the Human: E-lit and the Art of Memory

Illya Szilak | Posted 07.15.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

Christine Wilks's literary games harness the bodies of players to create poetic meditations on virtual and embodied forms of existence and memory. Coming from a background in film, she transitioned to digital writing, and is one of several e-lit creators who writes her own code.

Fleshly Data: E-lit and the Post-Human

Illya Szilak | Posted 07.10.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

In this post, I examine the work of Christine Wilks who ingeniously complicates the matter/information duality by employing computer code in the form of games to re-invoke embodied existence and the unreliable memories that bodies store.

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.

Just Playing Around: Why E-lit Matters

Illya Szilak | Posted 05.15.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

In this blog post, I continue my discussion of Jason Nelson's works of interactive poetry, which he affectionately calls his "creatures," by considering two quotes, the first from contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben, the second from poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

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.

E-lit Plays With Language

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.07.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

Media, like language, are processes through which information is stored, accessed and presented in certain ways to the relative exclusion (mastery) of others.

It's Got a Good Beat and You Can Dance to It: E-lit Plays With Time

Illya Szilak | Posted 03.19.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

Unlike conventional literature, which relies on sentence and word density, phrasing and transitional passages to alter narrative rhythm, e-lit can directly modify the reader's perception of time.

Video in the House of the Word: How e-Lit Intersects With Cinema

Illya Szilak | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Illya Szilak

In his cell phone movie, Mark Amerika uses extensive subtitles to pay homage to the art-house films that inspired him and act to create a liminal space wherein the imaginative operations of the viewer's mind are revealed and encouraged.

The Death Of The Novel And The Rise Of E-Lit

Illya Szilak | Posted 01.08.2013 | Arts
Illya Szilak

Installation view of Noah Wardrip-Fruin's "Screen" from the Second Electronic Literature Collection "The slow erosion of a reading public that began...