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2018

Aleatory Writing Experiment

3 minute read

This is an account of an experiment, replicating one of Bernadette Mayer’s writing experiments, ‘Systematically eliminate the use of certain kinds of words o...

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2017

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2016

Learning to Make Books by Hand

1 minute read

I am lucky to have several friends who are experienced book-makers. With their help, I’m learning to create my own handmade books.

Types of Titles

2 minute read

As I see it, there are several different kinds of titles. I’ll list them here, with names I made up for them.

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2015

Baskets

less than 1 minute read

I like to go to the farmer’s market and look at the baskets.

Creative Changes

2 minute read

Some creative projects take longer to finish than others. Opportunities arise in the meantime, and after seizing a few of those, things begin to pile up. It’...

“Set List” for Upcoming Chapbook

less than 1 minute read

I’m nearly finished with the work to create the new chapbook called “Portraits and Landscapes.” This project has subsumed an earlier one, so there are a few ...

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2014

Litblog Roundup 12

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The New, New Republic, #NaNoWriMo Wrap-up, and highlights from the world of literary blogs.

Litblog Roundup 10

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Ursula Le Guin’s speech, Toni Morrison’s interview, 21st Century libraries, rejection letters and more highlights from the world of literary blogs.

Litblog Roundup 9

1 minute read

a guide to writers, readers, publishers and more to follow on Medium, Tumblr, and Twitter

Litblog Roundup 8

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The history of punctuation, the history of book chapters, what makes a book, what makes a good open mic, and more…

Litblog Roundup 6

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The weekly liblog roundup features the latest highlights from the world of literary blogs. If you spend as much time reading litblogs as I do, there are two ...

Litblog Roundup 5

2 minute read

This week’s litblog roundup features the Nobel Prize for Literature, a controversy in the Alt Lit community, and more.

Pop-up Playwright

less than 1 minute read

a pop-up playwright at the burger wagon in Baltimore

Litblog Roundup

3 minute read

I am an avid reader of literary blogs. Here are some recent posts that I found interesting.

5 Myths About the New Era of Publishing

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When I read and talk about digital publishing, about how innovation and technology can grow and change the business of literature to the benefit of writers a...

Coming Soon to Videocassette

less than 1 minute read

Here’s what my spoken word readings sound like lately, from a recent show in Knoxville, TN.

A Square Book

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I’ve decided to make a square book. Here are some notes about the project so far.

Authenticity Versus Expectation

1 minute read

There are probably some of you who would say that “clichés are clichés for a reason”, and to you I would say “cry me a river!” and I would add that the clich...

Swimming in Magazines

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There’s nothing quite like the experience of swimming around in a bin full of magazines, but of course it’s also a thrill to read them, or to read about how ...

Typesetting Poetry

1 minute read

“make sure that individual poems don’t look like they were falling down or out of the page. Don’t make them look ashamed of their existence, place them in a ...

Zoom Poem 1

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I call this a “zoom poem.” It is a found poem, discovered when I zoomed into the text on the kindle screen about as far as it would go.

A Look At Some Contemporary Poetry Broadsides

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You could say that the broadside is the literary equivalent of street art, but unlike its painterly cousin, the broadside doesn’t seem to have enjoyed so muc...

Rapid Book Development

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Another example of what I call “book companion websites” is about a site that creates book companion websites, in addition to the books themselves. The book ...

On Making the Poetry Manuscript

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Jeffrey Levine’s ”advice on making a book out of your individual poems, given as one who reads three-to-four thousand manuscripts a year” is an excellent int...

On Switching to Markdown

1 minute read

It has been nearly a year since I’ve quit using a word processor to do nearly all of my writing. It’s a good time to reflect: how was the experience? Was the...

Brainstorming a Chapbook

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I’ve collected interesting examples of chapbook designs, chapbooks in the wild, chapbooks being born, and so on. I may have gotten a little carried away with...

Would You Read A Cell Phone Novel?

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Huffington Post reports that “Five of the top ten bestsellers of 2007 in Japan were “cell phone novels.” The trend is growing.

Design for the Where and When of Reading

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An interesting discussion of the "atomic unit" of news, an idea that transcends the print or digital aspects of a newspaper, but which informs the design, an...

Tolkien’s ‘Beowulf’

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Not all Tolkien scholars know “Beowulf,” but all “Beowulf” scholars know of Tolkien, whose influential 1936 paper “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics” has...

Vocoder: Judith Goldman Permalink

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She restores two visions at once: the avant-garde’s insistence that poetic form be politically motivated and not just ‘fun,’ and the conviction that freedom ...

The Imaginary Voyage Permalink

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The Imaginary Voyage is an investigation into a new type of opera that emerges from the digital world

Taking ‘Taking Chances’ Permalink

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Each letter of the source text was translated either into its note name equivalent (for the first seven letters) or a quarter-note rest (for any other letter).

Project Hubs: A Home Base for Design Projects

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The design project dance is a sloppy one. It involves a slew of email attachments, PDFs, PSDs, revisions, GitHub repos, staging environments, and more. Enter...

Git and the Writer

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Image the power of your editors and beta readers to commit changes for your review through a freely distributed application where each participant can enact ...

The novel is dead (this time it’s for real)

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If you happen to be a writer, one of the great benisons of having children is that your personal culture-mine is equipped with its own canaries. As you tunne...

Newswordy

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Newswordy is growing collection of news media buzzwords and their use (and misuse), updated every weekday.

Intangible Possessions

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For buyers of digital artwork, there are additional stipulations and responsibilities surrounding the purchase. New media contracts often outline the rights ...

The Death of the Novel, Again

4 minute read

With books, what is it that’s superior to other forms? If novels are dying, should we mourn? What are we parting with, exactly? How can we make sure not to t...

Poet Christian Bok reads from Eunoia

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Canadian poet Christian Bok reads from the poem “CHAPTER I for Dick Higgins “ from Eunoia, winner of the 2002 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize.

Conversational Interfaces

2 minute read

If I have watched a video, listened to audio or if I have otherwise acted as a passive consumer, I have not “interacted” even if I did push a button to begin...

The Best To-Do App

1 minute read

Fair warning: this is going to be one of my geekier posts. Let’s get to it shall we?

Index of First Lines

7 minute read

It’s easy to create an index of first lines. If each of your poems is a separate text file, then a handy command line trick will produce an index of first li...

The Trouble With Online Writing Apps

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Editorially, an online application for writing collaboratively, has announced that it will close down soon. This is the trouble with online writing apps: if ...

Three Poems and a Video Poem

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Issue thirty-two of Otoliths has just gone live with four of my works: three poems and a video poem. These works are all inspired by Gertrude Stein.

Following Silliman’s Blogroll

2 minute read

There’s a treasure trove of vibrant and enjoyable literary blogs on the Internet. You can still subscribe to them all and join the conversation. I’ve created...

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2013

Glitch Scrolls

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Glitch art made from images of scrolls.

Leaving Microsoft Word Behind

4 minute read

I have amassed quite the collection of files: .doc files, .docx files, .rtf files, .html files, but I set out to convert them all to plain text files.

Moving to Markdown

less than 1 minute read

I can be a daunting proposition for a writer to migrate away from the word processor that they know and love. It sure has been for me, but I’m well on my way...

The Concept-Page

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A blog is good to work out ideas. Sometimes one post makes big things happen. I’ve seen this kind of thing referred to as a “concept-page.”

Apps For Writers with Version Control

1 minute read

The way I see it, there are two ways to add Version Control abilities to your writing workflow. One would be to use a word processor specifically built for t...

Version Control for Writers

7 minute read

It seems to me that the old “save as” trick is not very much more efficient than my grandmother’s habit of using carbon paper. In 2013, surely there are some...

Fully Booked: Ink on Paper

less than 1 minute read

fully booked: ink on paper brings together a collection of books and related products which celebrate the distinctiveness of materials, production methods, t...

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2012

There are No Categories for Music Genre

5 minute read

I know it’s becoming unfashionable to actually own a digital copy of music anymore, but that doesn’t change the fact that I have several thousand songs that ...

Napoleon Can Fly!

less than 1 minute read

Everybody knows Napoleon can fly, right? Right!

Makerspaces and Museums

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I've been thinking a lot lately about last summer's hackathon at the museum, and about makerspaces, code sprints, flash mobs and other forms of participatory...

Four Years Closer

2 minute read

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a good rant. Well, here goes…

Audio Experiments

1 minute read

I’ve been gearing up for sound and there’s a new addition to my toy box, this Casio SK-5 Sampling Keyboard. Armed with all this cool (and cheap!) stuff, alon...

Gearing up for Sound

4 minute read

I’ve decided to tinker with audio some more. I’ve put together a surprisingly cheap and functional setup over the last few days. Here are some details about ...

Xbox Live is a Ghost Town for Apps

2 minute read

I’m not much of a gamer, but I recently bought an Xbox360. It seemed like a good investment: it will play my old games for the original Xbox, it will network...

Ink Pen Broke

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Flipping through an old notebook in 2008, I discovered this little, asemic “poem”. I call it “ink pen broke on an airplane above Virginia”. The details of th...

How I Do My Word Processing

6 minute read

I am both a “computer person” and a writer. You might be interested to know: how do I combine the two? Here are some thoughts on how I do my word processing,...

When to Abandon a Creative Project

2 minute read

My list of ongoing creative projects is too complicated. I’m declaring creative bankruptcy, so to speak. I’ve had too many irons in the fire for too long. Wh...

Interesting vs. Familiar

1 minute read

It is difficult to describe the feeling of being in a new place all by itself, without also describing the place, but for me anyway, there’s a feeling that a...

Delurking My Life

2 minute read

The blog has been on hiatus. My life, for the most part, has been on hiatus because of work.

Blogging Changes Quickly

5 minute read

It has been an incredible five years for blogging and the history of the internet. I only hope that the self-hosted website doesn’t lose out to ease-of-use a...

The Death of Hypertext?

4 minute read

If the world doesn’t yet have a strong, ongoing body of hypertext literature, could it be because the idea was born before the widespread popularity of web s...

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2011

Multiphasic DVD Release Permalink

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Multiphasic is a collaboration between Polyphasic and 16 different film makers and video artists from all over America, Sweden, and Russia. The boys sent the...

Funny Space Costumes

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Check out the ziggy stardust ipad with the extendable, um, dongle thingie.

Close Encounters

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I saw the movie “Close Encounters” tonight. I think I must have seen it before, maybe when I was a kid. It has some things in common with the idea I’m workin...

the ability to control who sees what

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I think that a recent article in PC magazine makes an interesting point about Google+, the new social web app from Google. One of the new features is the abi...

My Favorite Notebook

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I’m looking to replace my very favorite notebook, which is all filled up now. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to make these anymore. I’m posting this in the h...

Practical Lessons for E-Book Publishing

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This summer, I hope to have published e-book versions of my novella. Today, I happened upon some good advice for anyone engaged in e-book publishing. I thoug...

Stream of Consciousness Writing

1 minute read

I’ve been wondering, too, about “Stream of Consciousness” writing. I’m sure that Joyce isn’t simply writing down whatever happens to come to the top of his h...

Scriptwriting Software

6 minute read

I sampled the various software apps that are designed to help a writer to produce a stage play

Concrete Music Permalink

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I’m gearing up to start another project with Second Land. To help with that, I’ll be gathering some useful bits, here on NoCategories, so I can more easily s...

Metropolis

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About the movie http://www.openculture.com/2012/07/imetropolisi_restored_watch_a_new_version_of_fritz_langs_masterpiece.html

Boredom

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Boredom often serves a useful function: as an opposite to excitement and as a means of bringing emphasis to what it interrupts.

Writing with Audio

2 minute read

I’m interested in adding audio equipment to my writing toolbox. So, I think I need some gear. I’m posting this to solicit any advice from musicians, technici...

Recipe for a Litany Poem

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This is a recipe for a poem I wrote in a sort of mad-libs style. Now you can write a similar poem. Enjoy!

WORMS, Feb. 16 2010

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WORMS is an interactive literatary magazine in 3D. WORMS is The Champagne of Beers of Literary Readings.

Vieux Carre’ by The Wooster Group

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This weekend, I saw a performance of Tennessee Williams’ ‘Vieux Carré’ by The Wooster Group. The Wooster Group is an ensemble of experimental theater artists...

Essential Space Age Pop Albums

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I want to figure out this crazy look. These aren’t the ten best album covers, but here’s a start. My source for this list was an article called “Ten Basic Sp...

Space is the Place

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Sun Ra had registered as a conscientious objector when drafted to fight in the Second World War, citing the absence of African-Americans on the draft board a...

Space Age Pop a Go-Go

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I’m working on a play, inspired by “space age pop” music, so I’m collecting examples of it. If you have know of this music, I’d love to hear more.

Heh. Look at that guy.

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In this photo, the guy on the left seems to have an opinion about the guy on the right, but look who’s talkin’!

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2010

Records of Existence

less than 1 minute read

Records of Existence is an artist run label of underground independent artists. We specialize in doing limited edition Hand-Printed and ...

Altered Text

4 minute read

I’ll call it altered text, although for the thing I have in mind there are actually many things, many names, from many times and places. My notion of “destro...

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2009

Second Land Releases Eponymous Album

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Today, Second Land has released their first, eponymous album. In addition to the album release today, we performed at the Sonic Circuits music festival. We’l...

Strange Punctuation Permalink

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I discovered that editing sound is very much like editing printed words. You can add, subtract, rearrange the sounds in very much the same way that you can ...

My First Spoken Word Album

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I’m about to release my first spoken word album! Its title is “Strange Punctuation”. I’ve included one of the tracks in this post. Take a listen, and please ...

Infinity’s Kitchen Issue 3

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I’m the editor of a zine called Infinity’s Kitchen. It’s a graphic literary journal of experimental literature. It is published independently, in print and o...

Consensus Trance digital fiction

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The first sequence of chapters of Dreaming Methods’ latest digital fiction project are now online to experience - with future chapters to follow. Told throug...

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2008

Des Imagistes: Some Imagist Poems

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“Des Imagistes” was the first anthology of the Imagism movement. Imagism was conceived by Ezra Pound, H.D. and Richard Aldington in 1912. Finally, this very ...

Algorithmic Avant-Garde

4 minute read

There’s a new, controversial anthology of nearly 4,000 poems, entitled Issue 1. It is large enough to defy the limits of traditional bookbinding, with its 3,...

Advice for Writing Art Criticism

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Lately, I've been Learning to Write Art Criticism. Along the way, I've discovered some useful advice from a variety of critics at The Guardian, an English ne...

Learning to Write Art Criticism

2 minute read

Ever since I met with Physicalism, I’ve been curious about what its like to be an art critic. I decided to try being an art critic first hand. I put together...

Generative Writing Exercises

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Generative writing uses a system, such as a set of rules, a computer program, a machine, or other procedure, which is set into motion with some degree of aut...

The Validity of Experimenal Literature

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In 2002, there was a big debate over the validity of experimental literature. It was sparked by an article in the New Yorker, September 30 2002, where "Jonat...

Visual Poetry in the Avant Writing Collection

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Recently, The Avant Writing Collection has published a catalog of visual poetry, Visual Poetry in the Avant Writing Collection. It includes many samples from...

The Crap Poetry Manifesto

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by Crapra, Log, & ToylitSource: Brass Tacks Press Crap poetry is what happens to good poetry after you eat it and you're left with nothing but a s...

Submission Tracking for Writers

10 minute read

One of the most important business skills a writer needs is the ability to track the submission process. There’s a maxim out there, variously attributed, whi...

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2007

Spoken Word on the Ed Schrader Show

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On Thursday, September 13th at Baltimore's Metro Gallery, I'll be featured on the Ed Schrader Show. I'm really excited about the opportunity to perform some ...

Publishing to the Blog from Microsoft Word

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Several years ago, I wished that there was a way to publish writing online, straight from my favorite word processor. I'm testing that feature of word 2007 n...

Mixing Writers and Artists

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A subject I often wonder about – why don’t writers get an education more like an artists’ education?

Image-Only Poems

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I’ve noticed a trend in the comments I got back about my poems. I got more than a few responses to about as many poems that resembled this one. “Decent image...

The Ed Schrader Show

1 minute read

The new Metro Gallery opened this month, and hosted Wham City’s favorite talk show: The Ed Schrader Show.

Book Companion Websites

3 minute read

Everybody knows that the internet is a powerful tool for marketing and for distributing information. It should be no surprise then, that amazon.com, a bookse...

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2006

What’s in the Tent?

2 minute read

There’s progress to report about my ongoing writing project. I’m writing a spoken word routine about The Outside Talker who performs to announce the carnival...

Gentlemanly Lecturer

7 minute read

Bally excerpted from a 1903 book entitled “On The Road with the Circus”… In the authors words, “It is interesting as a truthful reproduction of a style of un...

Sounds of the Sideshow

1 minute read

I’m writing a spoken word routine about The Outside Talker who performs to announce the carnivals or freakshows, etc. To get ideas, I’ve purchaced a recordin...

The Carnival Show

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In a previous post, I outlined some ideas for a spoken word routine where I’d like to emulate the lyric qualities of one of those sideshow, carnival “barkers...

The Outside Talker

2 minute read

For a while now I’ve been wondering about a theme to use with a spoken word performance. A theme, a main idea, or a character.

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2005

Rough Living: An Urban Survival Manual

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They say that most people aren’t much more than a paycheck away from being homeless. Look what happened to the people in New Orleans when Katrina struck. It ...

Back to the Drawing Board

2 minute read

If you want to know what I’m working on, I confess, its still the same old thing. This reader response has made me want to go back to the drawing board.

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2004

Street Preacher

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This is the flier that advertised the performance of my play, Street Preacher.

An Apocalypse, and Goats

5 minute read

The flow of the river is ceaseless, Its waters never the same. That is, the only constant is change.

Hypertext Structure

less than 1 minute read

J. Nathan Matias is the author of a growing variety of things of interest to anyone who reads about hypertext. His new project appears to be a geodesic hyper...

Stone Soup Poets

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my balls-to-the-wall induction into a literary scene here in the city of Boston

Beowulf In Hypertext Permalink

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Beowulf In HypertextHere is the complete text, in the origional and in modern English, serchable and with commentary. Read this if you haven’t. It’s awesome....

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2003

The No Categories Manifesto

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We pledge to break down the categories that prevent us all from expressing ourselves fully and to revel in the jouissance and the air of fair play and whimsi...

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