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1. Essays in Postmodern Culture:
An anthology of essays from Postmodern Culture is available in print from Oxford University Press. The works collected here constitute practical engagements with the postmodern — from AIDS and the body to postmodern politics. Writing by George Yudice, Allison Fraiberg, David Porush, Stuart Moulthrop, Paul McCarthy, Roberto Dainotto, Audrey Ecstavasia, Elizabeth Wheeler, Bob Perelman, Steven Helmling, Neil Larsen, David Mikics, Barrett Watten. Book design by Richard Eckersley.
ISBN: 0-19-508752-6 (hardbound), 0-19-508753-4 (paper)
a journal of social theory
Issue 5: REASON INCorporated
PART I: Non-reflective rationality and the cyborg body politic
○ Interview with Hubert Dreyfus: What makes an expert system?
○ Essay by Thomas Strong: Plastic heart, black box, iron cage: instrumental reason and the Artificial Heart Experiment
○ Poetry by Michael Caufield: Isaac Newton died a virgin
○ Review essay by Susan Mains: Bodily regimes
PART II: “As if the world were split in two:” contesting dualisms
○ Essay by Dianne Rothleder: The end of killing, the law of the mother, and a non-exclusionary symbolic
○ Review essay by Christine James: Reconceptualizing masculinity
○ Poetry by Beth Harris: The faggot’s claim to name, or deconstructing the breeding game
○ Interview with Timothy Mitchell: Archeology of modernity in *Colonizing Egypt* and beyond
PART III: Saving “rationality” by listening to its critics?
○ Essay by Bryan Crable: Method as the embodiment of reason
○ Poetry by Carol Denson: Cultch
○ Interview with Russell Berman
○ Review essay by Arnold Farr: Theory and rationality: extending the Habermas/Foucault debate
POSTSCRIPT: Poetry by Michael Caufiend: I was just getting started when
○ ARTWORK BY CHRIS HEUSTIS, Richard Pennell ...
3. The Electronic Labyrinth
The Electronic Labyrinth, a book-length study of hypertext fiction and software, is now available on the Internet as freeware.
The Electronic Labyrinth provides a critically-informed introduction to the field of hypertext, with a special emphasis on its potential for use by authors and other creative artists. It provides a history of the development of the form, discussions of key terms and concepts, and reviews of many PC and Macintosh-based authoring systems. The emergence of hypertext is placed in the context of the literary tradition of non-linear approaches to narrative, such as those employed by Cortazar, Nabokov, Borges and Pavic. Special attention is paid to works created specifically for computerized hypertext, including Michael Joyce’s Afternoon, A Story, John McDaid’s Uncle Buddy’s Phantom Funhouse and Stuart Moulthrop’s Dreamtime.
The Electronic Labyrinth can be obtained using FTP (File Transfer Protocol). The site address is: QSILVER.QUEENSU.CA. Login as ANONYMOUS and provide your email address when you are prompted for a password. Once logged on, change to the directory containing The Electronic Labyrinth by typing:
If you are running Microsoft Windows 3.1 or 3.11, then download the WinHelp version (LAB_WIN.ZIP). This is the preferred format, since it is the only one which preserves the hypertext structure of the document. Otherwise, retrieve either the Rich Text Format file (LAB_RTF.ZIP) which retains the formatting of the text, or the ASCII format file (LAB_ASC.ZIP) which does not. Finally, if you are unable to unarchive a ZIP file, retrieve LAB_ASC.TXT, which is a plain text file.
For more information on installing The Electronic Labyrinth, retrieve the REAME.TXT file with the command:
If you encounter problems, please send email to:
4. rachitecture 1.6
rachitecture is my version of architecture on the internet. As a ‘net based newsletter, its only function is to get you out there to have a look around.
Of course, what is out there is always changing, and what seems interesting does too.
If it is indeed true that for every action there is an equal an opposite reaction, this release of rachitecture is definitely an expression of that insistent dialectic.
As an expression of my continued interest in the realm of actual buildings and physical lessons, let’s look to christopher alexander’s speech Domestic Architecture from the @ Home Conference
In that essay alexander asks “what does it really take to build up a world in which our...