In this episode I talk with Davis Schneiderman, author of such innovative novels as Abecedarium, Blank, Drain and DIS, as well as works of literary scholarship such as Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization. In our conversation we discuss writing and publishing in the age of digital distraction, the performance art of literary readings, and some of the methods of his creative madness. Davis teaches at Lake Forest College, where he chairs both the English Department and American Studies program, and is Director of Lake Forest College Press / &NOW Books. (30 min 49 sec)
In this episode I talk with "semionaut" and narrative designer Corvus Elrod, creator, consultant and critic of tabletop games and videogames which strive to fuse together the fundamental elements of story and play. We discuss the communal and aesthetic power of games, the natures of agency and authorship inside them, and their intersections with prose, film and other media. (28 min 57 sec)
Please also check out this 2011 interview with Corvus, conducted for the print edition of Architectures of Possibility.
In this episode I talk with novelist Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine. In our discussion we try to locate the place of innovative fiction within the contemporary New York publishing world, book doctoring as a creative practice, and the role social networking plays in both the marketing and reader reception of literary fiction. (35 min 56 sec)
In this episode I talk with Debra Di Blasi, founding publisher of Jaded Ibis Productions and author of a number of works in fiction including The Jiri Chronicles, Drought, Say What You Like and What The Body Requires. In our conversation we discuss the book as a fine art object, new possibilities for publishing afforded by CreateSpace and Apple’s iOS, and how Jaded Ibis is leveraging new forays to create one-of-a-kind author editions. (24 min 30 sec)