C. H. Christie’s The Oyster Pirates (1973) | A Review

"Barton masterminded the deal. He knew a lot about the oyster business. But that was all he knew." — The Oyster Pirates, Adam, March, 1973, Vol. 54, No. 4 In shuffling through old archives I recently stumbled across Adam Magazine, a curious mixture of erotica, corny comedy sketches and pulp fiction. The stories were of… Continue reading C. H. Christie’s The Oyster Pirates (1973) | A Review

Machine Metropolis: The Artwork of Edmond Van Dooren

Few artists of the 20th Century so brilliant captured verticality, speed, scale, industrial intensity and mechanical majesty as well as the innovative Belgian artist and gallery organizer, Edmond van Dooren (1896-1965). Dooren's works began in-line with German Expressionism but changed as he absorbed the techniques of Cubism and Futurism (Dooren's friend, Jozef Peeters, met F.… Continue reading Machine Metropolis: The Artwork of Edmond Van Dooren

Sound Poetry: F.T. Marinetti’s Dune, parole in libertà (1914)

The recording below, Tri-C Community College radio recording, consists of a fantastic collection of sound poetry. 'Sound poetry' broadly defined, is poetry which is typically characterized by wild and often non-standard linguistic exclamations, intended to invoke a thematic mood or feeling. As with noise-music, contemporary sound poetry can be traced to the Italian Futurists. Most… Continue reading Sound Poetry: F.T. Marinetti’s Dune, parole in libertà (1914)

Art+ificiality: Machine Creativity & Its Critics

  §. In Sean D. Kelly's, A philosopher argues that an AI can't be an artist, the author, at the outset, declares: "Creativity is, and always will be, a human endeavour." (S. D. Kelly) A bold claim, one which can hardly be rendered sensible without first defining 'creativity,' as the author well realizes, writing: "Creativity… Continue reading Art+ificiality: Machine Creativity & Its Critics

Archive Obscura: A List of Small, Independent Literary Publications

Editor's note: this list is still being compiled and will be updated semi-regularly. Names of publications arranged in alphabetical order (with numbers preceding letters). Links will be added shortly. If you are a member of one of the organizations listed and you wish to be removed (or if you are not and wish to be added),… Continue reading Archive Obscura: A List of Small, Independent Literary Publications

The Paper Forge: From Literary Concept To Technical Creation

§00. Practical invention following conceptual abstraction | The civilizational significance of literary art lies, firstly in model generation and secondarily, in the application the generated model. The preferred format for model dispensation varies (novels, novellas, short stories, manifestos, poems, etc...) but the effect of all great literary works is, at least in one way, the… Continue reading The Paper Forge: From Literary Concept To Technical Creation

Fiction Circular 2/5/19

Editor's note: Links affixed to author/publisher names will redirect to author/publisher social media; links affixed to story/article names will redirect to the named story/article. INDEPENDENT AUTHORS First up, Andrea Nicosia published a untitled short story concerning a dream. A dire battle, and I was fighting. --- A. Nicosia Jason Simon published, On Returning, a fever… Continue reading Fiction Circular 2/5/19