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July 28, 2013
Rowling and Galbraith, Strangers
The meaning of JK Rowling's attempt at pseudonymous authorship.
I did a Twitter-series on this topic this morning, and here's the Storified version of it for posterity. [View the story "Rowling and Galbraith, Strangers" on Storify] ...
June 8, 2013
Announcing Object Lessons
An essay and book series on the hidden lives of things
Earlier this week we launched Object Lessons, an essay and book series on the hidden lives of ordinary objects, published by The Atlantic and Bloomsbury and edited by me and Chris Schaberg. We've been working on getting this going for months, and I'm excited to finally be able to ...
May 16, 2013
The Electronic Book, circa 1995
The past and future novelty of digital publishing
It's easy to forget these things, so here's the description for the electronic "hypertext edition" of rhetorician Richard Lanham's collection of essays, The Electronic Word: Democracy, Technology, and the Arts. As Publishers Weekly wrote, "And, yes, the book is available in electronic form; as the first in the Chicago Expanded ...
May 8, 2013
Object Lessons is coming...
A teaser for a new project
I've been working for months on a new writing and publishing project that continues and extends my interest in thinking and writing about things. Here's a teaser: objectsobjectsobjects.com. Want more info? Wait for the official announcement and full website, or just ask! ...
April 1, 2013
Two Reviews of Alien Phenomenology
By Sandy Alexandre and Cameron Kunzelman
For those of you interested in such things, here are two interesting and (to me) very gratifying reviews of Alien Phenomenology. First, a review in Invisible Culture by Sandy Alexandre, which considers (among other things), how literary practice relates to carpentry. I'll let you read to her conclusion on that ...
December 1, 2012
Talk of 10 PRINT
Reviews, Links, Code, and Discussion
Some links to discussion about 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10. One of the common ways to interact with the idea seems to be writing and posting re-implementations of the program in other languages and environments. Geeta Dayal's review of the book in Slate. Discussion on Reddit r/Programming, including ...
November 28, 2012
Now Available: 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10
You Can't Buy A Better Book About a One-Line BASIC Program At Twice The Price
My latest book is out! It's called 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 and it's about a one-line Commodore 64 BASIC program. I wrote it with nine other authors, but it's not an anthology; we write in a single voice collaboratively, producing a monograph-like text. You can buy it in ...
10 PRINT CHR$(205.5 + RND(1)); : GOTO 10

A whole book about a single line of code. By ten authors.

August 22, 2012
Speaking of Fees...
The facile scourge of paid speaking
Writing for Esquire, Stephen Marche writes about The real problem with Niall Ferguson's letter to the 1%, which amounts to "paid speaking gigs." Here's the money quote: Ferguson's critics have simply misunderstood for whom Ferguson was writing that piece. They imagine that he is working as a professor or as ...
May 15, 2012
10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10
A new book in software studies
My next book is even stranger than my last. It's an entire book, 65,000+ words worth, about a single-line Commodore 64 BASIC program that is inscribed in the book's title, 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10. And if that isn't strange enough, I wrote the book with nine other collaborators ...
April 23, 2012
The Future Was Here
Jimmy Maher's Platform Study of the Commodore Amiga
I'm very happy to announce the publication of the latest book in the Platform Studies series, Jimmy Maher's The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga. It's a terrific book about this influential multimedia microcomputer. As someone who never had an Amiga in the 80s and 90s, but who was often ...
April 11, 2012
Alien Appearances
Initial reactions to Alien Phenomenology
This is just a quick post to point you to a few early reactions to Alien Phenomenology. First, Levi Bryant has two posts up, From an object's point of view and A brief note on units and operations. Substantive stuff as usual. Levi draws productive connections to Jakob von Uexküll, ...
April 1, 2012
Write My Missing Chapters
Mark Sample's assignment for How to Do Things with Videogames
I've been flattered to see so many courses in media studies and related fields adopt my 2011 book How to Do Things with Videogames so quickly. But my favorite use of the book in a classroom thus far comes from Mark Sample's Videogames in Critical Contexts course. He's assigned his ...
March 11, 2012
Rise of the Videogame Zinesters
Anna Anthropy's new book
These days, everybody can make and distribute a photograph, or a video, or a book. Rise of the Videogame Zinesters shows you that everyone can make a videogame, too. But why should they? For Anna Anthropy, it's not for fame or for profit, but for the strange, aimless beauty of ...
February 18, 2012
Alien Invasion
An update on my next book
I talked to my publisher this week and got news that Alien Phenomenology is scheduled to land in the warehouse by March 7. It should be shipping to booksellers immediately thereafter. If you preorder from Amazon.com, you'll see it ship out that very week. While I can't make any promises, ...
February 8, 2012
Making Books
It's not the same as writing books
Back when his book The Textual Life of Airports was published in December, Christopher Schaberg reported what most authors do: seeing his book for the first time. "What a weird feeling," Chris wrote. "It resembles an object from outer space. Vaguely recognizable, yet totally alien at the same time."This is ...
November 19, 2011
Two New Interviews
Two new and relatively extensive interviews with me were recently published. The first is in Forbes, conducted by David M. Ewalt. It mostly covers material from my latest book, How to Do Things with Videogames, but there's some new material toward the end. The second interview, with Aaron McCollough, appears ...
November 12, 2011
Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be a Thing
Cover art and Blurb
Here's the cover design, tagline, and blurb for my forthcoming book Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be a Thing, which will be published by University of Minnesota Press in early 2012. It's hard to express how exciting it is to have a hot wing on the cover of ...
Alien Phenomenology
or What It's Like to Be a Thing

A bold new metaphysics that explores how all things—from atoms to green chiles, cotton to computers—interact with, perceive, and experience one another.

October 22, 2011
What's in a Medium?
A response to Mike Thomsen
The New Inquiry published a review by Michael Thomsen of my latest book How to Do Things With Videogames. It's just the kind of review an author hopes for: fair, thoughtful, based on a thorough reading, and full of new ideas and observations. I'm grateful to Thomsen for writing it. ...