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Rewriting Walter Benjamin’s “The Arcades Project” April 30, 2011: For the past five years, I have been working on a rewriting of Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project set in New York City in the twentieth century called Capital. As of this writing, the book [...] by

UbuWeb at 15 Years: An Overview April 26, 2011: It’s amazing to me that UbuWeb, after fifteen years, is still going. Run with no money and put together pretty much without permission, Ubu has succeeded by breaking all the rules, by going [...] by

The Digital Flood: You’d Better Start Swimmin’ or You’ll Sink Like A Stone April 24, 2011: Stephen Burt is drowning in the digital deluge. He’s up to his eyeballs in information and he can’t take it anymore. It’s just too much. Too many blogs, too many Facebook pages, too [...] by

Six File Sharing Epiphanies April 22, 2011: Epiphany No 1: While I could discuss any number of musical epiphanies I’ve personally experienced over the past half a century, all of them would pale in comparison to the epiphany of seeing [...] by

Archiving Is The New Folk Art April 19, 2011: The digital theorist Rick Prelinger has proclaimed that archiving is the new folk art, something that is widely practiced and has unconsciously become integrated into a great many people’s [...] by

Language’s Newest Role April 13, 2011: Language Alters Imagery While poets have always had a deep and intimate knowledge of language’s capabilities — formally and emotionally — the video above demonstrates that technology has [...] by

Death of a Kingmaker: A Critical Evaluation of Silliman’s Blog April 8, 2011: Ron Silliman was the Cal Ripken, Jr. of the poetry blogosphere. He was a good player, but more important, he consistently showed up for every game. And by getting up and making the donuts each [...] by

The Bounce and The Roll April 6, 2011: Marjorie Perloff has claimed that, often, a poet’s career is rarely made on one book, rather it’s the long and slow accrual of publications, activities, community service, and so forth [...] by

The Meme Museum April 5, 2011: Darren Wershler has coined a term, “conceptualism in the wild,” to describe practices which rage through the internet that are predicated upon earlier avant-garde tendencies without [...] by

Retyping an entire book is one thing. Cutting & pasting an entire book is another. April 30, 2010: Nam June Paik “Magnet TV” (1965) There’s been an explosion of writers employing strategies of copying and appropriation over the past few years with the computer encouraging writers [...] by