by Ongs Hat on December 31, 2011

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Google is helping James Frey build a multimedia sci-fi juggernaut

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  On October 7th, author James Frey will release a novel about the apocalypse. It will hold an elaborate code, directing readers towards a key hidden somewhere in the real world. That key will open a case containing $500,000 in gold. This is the premise of Endgame: The Calling, which is not so much a book […]

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Monday is the New Saturday

I have been meaning to sit down and write an article about pranks at Burning Man and how large they loom in our history, but someone whom I would have featured in that article decided to die this week.  Paul David Addis, the man who burned the Man,committed suicide Saturday by jumping in front of a […]

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Maria Gough: The Artist as Producer: Russian Constructivism in Revolution (2005)

The Artist as Producer reshapes our understanding of the fundamental contribution of the Russian avant-garde to the development of modernism. Focusing on the single most important hotbed of Constructivist activity in the early 1920s—the Institute of Artistic Culture (INKhUK) in Moscow—Maria Gough offers a powerful reinterpretation of the work of the first group of artists [...]

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Calvin Tomkins: The Bride and the Bachelors: Five Masters of the Avant-Garde (1965/1976)

A classic work of art criticism. The chapters on Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Jean Tinguely, Robert Rauschenberg, and Merce Cunningham by an author also known for his work for Radio Free Europe, Newsweek, and The New Yorker. First published by Viking Press, 1965 Viking Compass Edition with a new Introduction and expanded text published 1968 [...]

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The Subversive French Crime Fiction of Jean-Patrick Manchette

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From Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, last year’s collection of mostly midcentury stories by the likes of Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, and other lesser-knowns to the critical and commercial success of writers like Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, and Tana French to the Library of America adding a volume with four of Elmore Leonard’s novels from the 1970s to […]

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The Beach Beneath The Pavement

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The Beach Beneath The Pavement is a set in a London very close in time and space to our own. It’s an extravagant philosophical satire about how we make sense of a world where no one believes in anything. It’s about the lost or corrupted dreams of the sixties and seventies, dissent, experimental theatre, paranoia, conspiracy […]

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N. Katherine Hayles: Chaos Bound: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science (1990)

At the same time that the study of nonlinear dynamics came into its own in the sciences, the focus of literary studies shifted toward local, fragmentary modes of analysis in which texts were no longer regarded as deterministic or predictable. N. Katherine Hayles here investigates parallels between contemporary litera­ture and critical theory and the emerging [...]

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Where literature and gaming collide

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How games are mining literary sources of inspiration. Game narratives tend to drink from a narrow pond; they swig space operas and Tolkien, swish them about their mouths and trickle them into rows of polished glasses. There’s nothing wrong with science fiction and fantasy, just as there’s nothing wrong with escapism. But there is something […]

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DON’T BLAME SLENDER MAN FOR THE SCHOOLGIRL STABBING

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On Saturday morning, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser—two 12-year-old girls—lured a classmate into the woods near their homes in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and stabbed her 19 times. Or, as Geyser reportedly described it, “stabby stab stab.” The kitchen knife penetrated the victim’s liver, pancreas, and stomach, but somehow she survived the attack. Crawling out of the woods to […]

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“The sort of story that has you covering your mirrors”: The Case of Slender Man

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Introduction In keeping with the theme of this issue—the monster as sign of radical, insurmountable, and terrifying Otherness—this article considers one contemporary permutation of monstrousness, the Internet phenomenon known as the Slender Man. As a monster, Slender Man epitomizes the simultaneous alienness and familiarity that characterizes the uncanny. Created by users on the Something Awful forums […]

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The Most Terrifying Thought Experiment of All Time

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Why are techno-futurists so freaked out by Roko’s Basilisk? WARNING: Reading this article may commit you to an eternity of suffering and torment. Slender Man. Smile Dog. Goatse. These are some of the urban legends spawned by the Internet. Yet none is as all-powerful and threatening as Roko’s Basilisk. For Roko’s Basilisk is an evil, […]

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Destinations Across Paranormal America 2

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Chapter dedicated to Ong’s Hat in Destinations Across Paranormal America 2  by Hugh Mungus Excerpt: It’s a widely held belief the legend of Ong’s Hat is the fictional brainchild of author Joseph Matheny. Matheny posted his saga on the Internet in the early 1990s, in attempts to insert the story into the collective consciousness of […]

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Annie van den Oever (ed.): Technē/Technology: Researching Cinema and Media Technologies (2014)

This fourth title in the series The Key Debates sets out where the term technē comes from, how it unleashed a revolution in thought and how the concept in the midst of the current digital revolution, once again, is influencing the study of film. In addition, the authors – among them André Gaudreault, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, [...]

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How to Invent a Person Online

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Is it possible to be truly anonymous in the digital world? On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio. Inside was a blank thank-you note and an Ohio state driver’s license. The ID belonged to a 28-year-old man called Aaron Brown—6 feet tall and […]

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Art of the Printed Book, 1455-1955 (1973)

This fully illustrated volume is a fine contribution to the history of books concerned with typography and bookmaking. Neither a printing manual nor a technical treatise, it was written by an accomplished designer and printer. It includes descriptions of the lives of the important printers, Gutenberg, de Tournes, Baskerville, Aldus, etc., and presents the historical [...]

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Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness

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Joel Gold, a doctor at Bellevue Hospital, began to notice in 2002 an increasing number of patients suffering from what he began to call the “Truman Show Delusion” – believing that their lives were being filmed constantly and broadcast all over the world. This phenomenon launched Gold and his brother Ian, also a doctor based […]

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