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Emergent Literature and Smart Texts 2.0 (posted 5 May 2004)
Clearly they're pressed for content.
I think someone needs a hug...
Here's a fun site: http://www.pacmanhattan.com/
The players play "real-life" Pacman ... they "ghosts" wear ghost clothes, and Pacman wears "Pacman" clothes. There's five players on the street, and five players in a headquarters. The five players in headquarters guide the ghosts/Pacman through the city via cellphone. I thought this might be relevant since we were looking at "GPS Narratives".
Oh, and here's a link to the first video in their archive - might not be work safe: http://stage.itp.tsoa.nyu.edu/~ch690/PeanutGallery.mov
I'm particularly fond of Nietzsche's journal. Surprising he has so many Friends, though.
I often wonder why people consider anything I write unusual. I seem to get credit for creating "A new type of fiction." Of course, this used to require me to assert that I'm not writing fiction. I have long since given up on that particular argument in this particular medium. (It's hard for me to win that argument even in person and with an Esquire reporter).
That said, it may be trendy to say "truth is stranger than fiction" but I don't think anyone really believes that anymore. Given the state of world affairs cynicism is a national pastime. But perhaps the Cubs will pull attention back to the boys of summer instead.
So I pose a question instead: When diary writing, the act of memoir composition, becomes a youthful pastime instead of an endeavor of the wise... isn't that far LESS fiction than any work that is written through the lens of experience (rather than, as with my work, a contemporaneous filtering of events through ever changing perspectives). How can memoirs be real unless they are written in real time? State of mind so colors experiences, how can we trust ourselves to recall the "snapshot" that was state of mind, experience and exposition weeks or even years hence?
"Moveable Type" indeed.
Thanks for commenting here, Isa. The point, at least for me, is not that Flight Risk is "fiction" by way of contrast to the "reality" of other blogs, but that all first-person writing is mediated and to a greater or lesser extent both artificial and artifactual. I keep a fairly mundane and professionally oriented blog, but there's no question that even that's a form of role playing and image projection--in short, fiction (which is not to say it isn't also true).
It seems by this argument /everything/ is fiction, though. Which isn't necessarily untrue. The movie 'Memento' specifically explores this issue, among others- once and event is no longer in that specific moment where it IS happening, any retelling of it /must/ be fiction.
Issues of filtering and memory aside, no retelling can perfectly capture that moment - you may be able to perfectly capture the mood, or a detail, if you're brilliant; but you can't capture EVERY detail. Even a picture or movie of the scene doesn't capture every detail; so how can words?
"It's all true- every word."
"Even the lies?"
"ESPECIALLY the lies."
Imbedded combat reporters as authors of fictional accounts? :) (History is written by the victors?)
I understand the point about perspective, all too well, but at some level we have to shake the yoke that tells us everything creative is impressionism. How? I guess I don't know.
The legal system in the United States says you do this by permitting two sides to clash together with zealous vigor before a panel of impartial observers. The result is supposed to be that the observers see the "truth."
So who is my opposing counsel? Who is the opposing counsel for any autobiographer? Are all memoirs tainted, or has isa just had too little sleep?