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Digital Metaphors: Editor’s Introduction

Digital Metaphors: Editor’s Introduction

Dec 4, 2013

Tao Lin’s recent novel Taipei (2013) is a fictional document of life in our current digital culture. The protagonist, Paul — who is loosely based on the author — is numb from his always turned on digitally mediated life, and throughout the novel increases his recreational...

An Ontology of Everything on the Face of the Earth

An Ontology of Everything on the Face of the Earth

Dec 4, 2013

John Carpenter’s 1982 film, The Thing, is a claustrophobic sci-fi thriller, exhibiting many hallmarks of the horror genre. The film depicts a sinister turn for matter, where the chaos of the replicating, cancerous cell is expanded to the human scale...

The Electronic Heart

The Electronic Heart

Dec 4, 2013

‘I can feel it’. HAL 9000, the supercomputer at the centre of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), makes this claim to emotional sensitivity moments before its higher functions are terminated by astronaut Dave Bowman, the sole surviving human aboard...

The Metaphorics of Virtual Depth

The Metaphorics of Virtual Depth

Dec 4, 2013

In his essay ‘Strange Gourmet: Taste, Waste, Proust’ Joseph Litvak discusses a tendency among marginalised youths, and especially among queer ones, to seek solace in the idea of ‘some other place, some other world, magically different from the world of family and school’ (76)...

Incipience and the Historical Subject

Incipience and the Historical Subject

Oct 9, 2013

Every year at 4am on the Monday that follows Ash Wednesday, the street lighting is turned off in the city of Basel, north Switzerland. The “Morgestraich” precession that follows signals the start of the Fasnacht Carnival. During...

Comics and Page Bleeds

Comics and Page Bleeds

Oct 9, 2013

We are used to seeing comics as a succession of neatly ordered panels, each containing images and words that combine together to tell a story. In my last paper for Alluvium, 'Panel Transitions in Trauma Comics,' (Alluvium Vol. 2, No. 1...

Shakespeare on Television, this Millennium

Shakespeare on Television, this Millennium

Oct 9, 2013

‘#MargaretThatcher's ousting from Downing Street described on R4 in terms of a great Shakespearean tragedy #Shakespeare’, ‘Spotting #Shakespeare paraphrases in #FreshMeat’, ‘C4's tribute to Richard Briars...

Hypodermics at the fin-de-siècle

Hypodermics at the fin-de-siècle

Oct 9, 2013

The hypodermic syringe has had a profound impact upon the administration of medicine and upon non-medicinal/recreational drug use since it was first marketed in the 1850s. Here, I investigate early depictions...