NodeMagazine: Completely Overhauling Literary Criticism

This is so spooky, I can’t help but laugh!

Immediately after reading an article on conspiracy theories about Denver International Airport [or “Kansas” as many of us in the Denver area like to call it], I found Node idea, an article by John Suthlerland for Guardian UK about the William Gibson’s “theory of a new and innovatively creative reading practice” floating on a “critical cloud” of fan-promoted literary criticism combating professional neglect and “antibuzz”:

Node-man, a Gibson fan, has duly set up a website with the devotional URL node.tumblr.com. Node-man also got a very early copy of Spook Country. The fan is unidentified: Gibson knows who he is, and says he lives in small-town USA and wants, apparently, to stay anonymous.

Apparently patternboy is now all grown up and hiding underground after mobilising “a volunteer army of fellow enthusiasts” [that would be you, Memetic Engineer] to create a “Google aura” for promoting Spook Country.

What the unknown Node-maestro has done is poles apart, both from this, and from the usual website-based ‘everybody pitch in’ mess. He’s channelled the raw material supplied by his volunteers into a sign-posted route through Spook Country. It opens the way, I believe, to a new kind of critical commentary on texts. One can see, easily enough, how it could be extended to Paradise Lost, or Hamlet.

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