Rise of the Neuronovel.
Marco Roth at N+1 argues that the recent interest of contemporary novels (Motherless Brooklyn
, Atmospheric Disturbances
) in the disordered wetware of their characters represents a defeat for fiction. "...the new genre of the neuronovel, which looks on the face of it to expand the writ of literature, appears as another sign of the novel’s diminishing purview." Jonah Lehrer responds to Roth and Roth responds back.
posted by escabeche
on Jan 2, 2011 -
Jonathan Lethem's Promiscuous Materials Project
invites playwrights and screenwriters to adapt his work for stage or screen. In an essay for Harper's
, he explains that, "few of us question the contemporary construction of copyright. It is taken as a law, both in the sense of a universally recognizable moral absolute, like the law against murder, and as naturally inherent in our world, like the law of gravity. In fact, it is neither. Rather, copyright is an ongoing social negotiation, tenuously forged, endlessly revised, and imperfect in its every incarnation." NPR
reports he is also giving away the option
to turn his novel You Don’t Love Me Yet
into a film, with some caveats. For those of us who aren't filmmakers or playwrights, many of the available stories
are posted for our reading pleasure.
posted by joannemerriam
on Mar 18, 2007 -