A single creature with the power of three beasts
February 7, 2012 12:34 PM Subscribe
If Nicholas Carr is right, and consuming words on a screen is a "more primitive way of reading," then the iPad is a little bit Neanderthal and a little bit Prometheus. Its potential for creative ways to interact with literature makes it more than just an e-reader. And while it took more than a year and a half since the iPad's launch, some publishers are beginning to experiment with that potential. Last year saw several forays into innovative literature apps, most notably T.S. Elliot's The Waste Land
; Atlas Shrugged
and On The Road
also received the "enhanced" app treatment.
(Salon.com co-founder, NY Times Book Review columnist, author) and Maud Newton
(writer and critic for The NY Times Book Review, Granta, The Awl) have both written extensively about digital reading and publishing and they've launched The Chimerist
, tagline: Two iPad lovers at the intersection of art, stories, and technology.
The Chimera of Greek myth was a fire-breathing abomination, part lion, part goat, and part snake or dragon, that “devastated the country and harried the cattle; for it was a single creature with the power of three beasts.” A lot of readers I know and respect look at the ebook and other art that makes use of technology as just this kind of dreadful mutant, threatening not just to storytelling and intellectual discourse, but to civilization itself.
Although I’m not by nature an optimist, I have more faith than that in our ability to adapt, to use our new tools to create art and stories that are profound and beautiful. And I know Laura does too, which is the reason we decided, after more than a year and a half of talking about it, to start The Chimerist.
So far they've covered Maurizio Cattelan For Ipad
, the Strange Rain app
, and lockscreens
. They're also looking for screenshots
of your iPad.
(Laura Miller previously on The Blue.