Two new Unlikely Books: ANCHOR WHAT by Vernon Frazer and Definitions of Obscurity by Vernon Frazer and Michelle Greenblatt


Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz


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Nowhere
a game by Anastasia Salter
from Jeremy Hight's 'Ethan has nowhere to go'

Directions:
Press A to move left.
Press D to move right.
Press W to jump.


"Ethan Has Nowhere To Go" was a short story written by Jeremy Hight. It was about to be published when he pulled it. It will never be published. These solicited works are Ethan. These works are the story.

The text exists only to be used as a nameless trigger, as a bit of back end, like HTML code.


"Nowhere" re-imagines "Ethan has nowhere to go" as a platformer in which the player, as Ethan, is complicit in the slow elimination of the community around him. The text of the story is reduced to a short poem that repeats at the center of the screen, providing an internal monologue as the player guides Ethan towards the inevitability of an empty landscape. The mechanics of a platformer are likewise tied to a history of inevitability and two-dimensional interactions. Throughout play, the rain intensifies as Ethan pushes away layers of memory and confronts the shell of suburbia that is all that remains of his childhood. Nowhere is built in HTML5 using Construct 2. The music, "Windchimes, Rain, Wind, Thunderstorm," is created by Acoustic_Mirror under a Creative Commons license.


Anastasia Salter is an assistant professor at the University of Baltimore, where she directs the graduate programs in interaction design and information architecture and teaches game design and digital media. She has two books forthcoming in 2014: What is Your Quest? From Adventure Games to Interactive Books from the University of Iowa Press and, co-authored with John Murray, Flash: Building the Interactive Web from MIT Press. Her infinite canvas collaboration with John Murray, "View from Within," will be on display at the ELO 2014 Media Arts show.



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