Did You Remember To…?

Do you remember people?     
Do you remember people, the soft murmur of a considerate crowd?
Do you remember trees, the bark that felt like petrified flesh?

     Do you remember paper printed books, the dissolute scent of aged pages?

-From “Art-Making in the Technopsphere”
A collaboration between a few of the best, brightest and belligerent: Andy O’Clancy, Natalie Quave, Chad Stroup, Randall Lahrman, Ryan Forsythe, Jo Ellen Aragon, Carla Wilson, Francois Bereaud

Do you remember?–Check the “Technospere.” It will jog your memory:


Harold Jaffe’s Revolutionary Brain

Revolutionary Brain, the newest book by Fiction International Editor-in-Chief Harold Jaffe will be released December 6th, 2012, from Guide Dog Books.

Revolutionary Brain by Harold JaffeIn this timely collection of essays and “quasi-essays,” acclaimed novelist and critic Harold Jaffe explores the maddening chord changes of millennial culture. Gesturing, in a philosophical shorthand, toward a kind of pop Armageddon, Revolutionary Brain is at once thesis, allegory, and surreal comedy, demonstrating just how far we, and the natural world we have debauched, have fallen. Obsessed with technology, we are incapable of reconstructing ourselves. By way of Jaffe’s elegant prose and perfect pitch, our collective disability is laid bare at the 11th hour. Revolutionary Brain is a powerful cry for a brave new aesthetics that turns towards, not away, from our tormented globe.

According to Jonathan Baumbach, author of You: Or the Invention of Memory, “This witty and explosive book is an indictment of injustice and spurious morality and a call to art and enlightened activism as healing alternatives.”

Order from Raw Dog Screaming Press or view the full press release.

“Art-Making in the Technosphere” Part 2 (Or: Ice Cream Congratulations)

Notes from the the Technosphere:

Diving back into the collaboration…
How do words fit in? Are we in space? And if so, who paid for our ride?

“…when giant corporations own the means of production and make barriers so low—not in order to democratize art, but in pursuit of the long tail, firm in the knowledge that a buck off a million books that sell one copy each is the same as a buck each from a million identical Fifty Shades of Greys—well, perhaps there is a slight devaluation of said art. Definitely there is a commodification.”

How can we taste the real?

Congratulations to FI Assistant Editor Ryan Forsythe for publication of “Untitled” in City Beat’s “Fiction 101” contest.  Find out how Roger learned the difference between the real and the imitation here:

And read the rest of “Art-Making in the Technosphere,” here:

What have you commodified today?

Post-Election, Cloudy Thursday, Writer’s Blues

At some point, we all just need to get out there and write stuff down.

Consider riffing on Real Time/Virtual, or just spew out your own post-political process. Sometimes it’s just time to write.

Still stuck? Read this. One of the best articles written for writers who are busy procrastinating.
Also, tell us: What are your favorite articles or best words of writerly advice?


Welcome to: “Art-Making in the Technosphere”

A Sneak Peek into the Real Time/Virtual:

Somewhere between their actual bodies and the Technosphere that waits to envelop them….

Eight writers intertwined, incorporating real words into virtual art. Or was that virtual words into real art? It was, in fact, “Art-Making in the Technosphere.”

Converging on this topic, eight adept and proficient MFA students immersed themselves into how art fits in our Real Time/Virtual world.

Congratulations to Andy O’Clancy, Natalie Quave, Chad Stroup, Randall Lahrman, Ryan Forsythe, Jo Ellen Aragon, Carla Wilson, and Francois Bereaud for their collaborative accomplishment and their willingness to artfully explore this topic.

From, “Art-Making in the Technosphere”:

The reunion of the devices! A cooperative effort. We carted all we could, our pilgrimage ending at one site. There, we built. Phonographs, transistor radios, stopwatches, televisions, cellular telephones, laptops, screen tablets. Our useful misshapen bricks. We toiled. Arranging, stacking.

Our structure—finished.
Go inside. Peer amid the archives…

You can “go inside.” Find the full preview of the collaboration here: