In Atlantic Unbound:
Literary Culture in the Digital Age
The Believer (January 18, 2001)
In Book Business, the publisher Jason Epstein recalls a bygone era in American literary life, and sees hope of a renaissance.
The Ghost of E-Books Past (December 14, 2000)
The new Jack Kerouac e-book, Orpheus Emerged, and a personal journey into e-publishing's not-so-distant past.
Exit Gutenberg? (November 16, 2000)
At the inaugural eBook World conference in New York, only one thing was certain: the future of our literary culture is up for grabs. The first installment of a new online column covering the emerging world of digital publishing and its effects on what and how we read.
Digital Culture (1996-1998)
The Right Mix (June 4, 1998)
Digital technology has made the private recording studio itself into a new kind of musical instrument. Yet, as with any art, genuine value cannot be faked -- no matter how special the effects.
Where the Rubber Meets the Road (March 25, 1998)
A brand-new graduate program at a tiny Vermont college is founded on a simple yet far-sighted idea: the next phase of the digital revolution depends as much on education as on technology.
Dispelled (November 19, 1997)
Why Riven -- the most anxiously awaited multimedia product ever -- is missing the magic of Myst.
The Next Dimension (July 8, 1997)
Even today's most sophisticated 3-D graphics lack a certain kind
of depth -- that of artistic style. But ThinkFish Productions now
offers a contrarian approach to computer-generated imagery that
abandons "virtual reality" in favor of conserving the long pictorial
legacy that started with cave painting.
What Happened to Multimedia? (June 1997)
Is the golden age of multimedia already behind us? Michael Nash, a visionary who helped raise the art of the interactive CD-ROM to new levels, doesn't think so -- despite his feeling that today "most multimedia sucks."
Plus: An e-mail exchange with Michael Nash
The Genie in the Machine (April 1997)
Kai Krause -- whose graphic-design tools combine the power of mathematics and computers with a childlike delight in sheer
playfulness -- would bridge the divide between technology and art.
Plus: Artist at Play
An e-mail exchange with Kai Krause
The Next Big Thing -- Words! (February 1997)
We all know that digital media are transforming the publishing industry and our literary culture. It's time for publishers to return the favor.
Plus, interviews with the editors of two influential literary journals: Frederick Barthelme, who brought the Mississippi Review to the Web in 1995, and Askold Melnyczuk, whose AGNI magazine has come to the Web recently.
Virtually Jamming (January 1997)
"Air guitarists" have been jamming in a virtual realm (their imaginations) for decades. Now, with the help of a groundbreaking multimedia product, they can pursue a virtual quest for rock 'n' roll immortality. Does such an innovation hold any significance for the rest of us?
In Games Begin Responsibilities (December 1996)
Obsidian, the elaborate and much-anticipated CD-ROM adventure game from Rocket Science, takes the genre that Myst defined to a new level. Ralph Lombreglia offers an early preview of the product -- and a consideration of what it may suggest about the future of digital arts.
Plus: The Game's the Thing
An e-mail exchange with Howard Cushnir, Obsidian's co-author.
So Many Links, So Little Time (November 1996)
Michael Joyce is one of the premier authors of hyperfiction in America. His new work, Twilight, A Symphony, transcends the limits of narrative and reveals the burden of infinite possibility.
Plus: The End of the Story
An e-mail exchange with Michael Joyce.
Digital Culture: Yes, but Is It Art? (October
Introducing a monthly column in Atlantic Unbound that will
consider the present state and possible future of arts and letters in the
If It Works, Use It: Musings of a Twenty-First
Century Writer (August 1996)
One of the central debates in our literary culture today is how -- or
whether -- new technologies will affect the age-old activities of writing
and reading. In this excerpt from his essay "Humanity's Humanity in the
Digital Twenty-First," Lombreglia envisions a course between the extremes
of cyberenthusiasts and cyberskeptics.
Plus, an e-mail exchange with
Lombreglia in which he offers some conjectures about the prospects for
In The Atlantic Monthly:
The Life of Job in Exurbia (June 1997)
Philip Roth looks back in dismay at the 1960s.
The Only People for
Him (August 1996)
In Lionel Trilling's distinction, Jack Kerouac is more than a writer; he has become a "figure"in our culture.
Somebody Up There Likes Me, a short story
Some people say that when a woman moves 1,500 miles from her mate to get a Ph.D. in women's studies, it's the beginning of the end.
Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, a short
story (December 1993)
He was a first-rate composer, he believed, the real thing. He was not going to throw away his discipline just because
he'd crossed paths with a self-deceived suburban girl.
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