Diagram Hybrid Deadline Approaching Fast

October 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

Diagram’s Hybrid Essay Contest deadline for 2010 is just two days away: October 29, 2010.

From Diagram:

“It seems like everything is hybrid these days—from the term creative nonfiction to the very nature of the essay. Yet, yet. Yet. As part of a push to better represent odder and more evidently hybrid pieces of nonfiction, DIAGRAM runs this Hybrid Essay Contest every fall. Following our continued interest in reinvented, unusual literature, a contest for an unpublished (in a serial/book or on a non-personal website—blogs etc. are fine) hybrid essay. Unpublished means you must be able to give us, if your work is selected, first serial rights.  To enter: Get us your unpublished essay (definition here is a bit loose on purpose) of up to 10,000 words with a $15 reading fee by October 29, 2010. The prize is $1000 + publication. This contest is judged by the great Nicole Walker and the okay Ander Monson. We’ll shoot for publishing several of our finalists with the winner in DIAGRAM, as we have the last two years.” More Here at Diagram

Monson Pushes the Form

May 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Author and Illustrator Margaret Kimball called us out last week for our particularly shallow mention of Ander Monson’s, Vanishing Point, an excellent book that stretches the connection between traditional ink and paper and the possibilities of a book’s website.  Our excuse, we (okay, editor Dinty) had to catch a plane to Flagstaff to sample hog jowls at the Tinderbox with Nicole, plus there are magazines to edit, plus classes to teach, plus our own writing projects, plus sometimes blog entries are just shallow links.  Is that enough excuses?  We have more.

Anyway, Margaret was correct: Monson’s book deserves better treatment and deeper thought.  So she went ahead and reviewed it for her blog, and so, without further ado, by the miracle of linkage, a more substantive discussion.  We, by the way, agree wholeheartedly:

Ander creates websites for his books. Not in the way that publishing houses create drop pages to supposedly promote a book and an author’s events. Ander codes these websites which are infinite, where there are infinite links and choose-your-own-adventures. Where there are pictures and all the journal-like randomness of the internet mixed with philosophical meanderings. Where you can find words in his book and type them into searches on his web page to find out more, to deepen and dissect the secrets. He is thus creating a magnificent bridge between the world of the book and the world of digital space. Two environments, totally different, connected inextricably.

Whether we are discussing what Ander’s work does for literature or design or the internet, he is undeniably thinking about the now. He is, for instance, writing about the web; bringing us to jury duty with him; bringing us to President Ford’s funeral; eating a bag of Doritos while typing away. He represents us, now, and it’s interesting because it asks questions of us. It does not seek to give us answers necessarily, but to propose new or other ways of thinking. Perhaps it simply shows us the pursuit of answers as inherently worthy …  Monson’s book asks us to believe that the moments in between the larger moments of our lives mean something, which is freaking beautiful.

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