Node Magazine: By the end of the last world?

This article recently hit my GoogleReader [the original is in Italian and the English translation follows]:

Node Magazine: the future (hypertext) literature

A new trend is emerging on the horizon of writing and could subvert the dynamics of publishing a radical and far more incisive than you predstavijo e-book. A launch, a group of fans inspired by the revolutionary movement in writers: William Gibson.

NodeMagazineL’uscita last awaited novel by William Gibson has been accompanied by a roll really. When the book had not yet entered the circuit of British and American libraries, a handful of tough fans, who have come in possession of a copy of reading Spook Country, had already begun to establish a network promotional totally unconventional. The material narrative of the novel has become the subject of a thorough and methodical analysis, which has resolved the design of a web-magazine that in the name refers to a magazine quoted by the same Gibson in its history. But if the Node of Spook Country Magazine is a publication dedicated to new frontiers of interactive, designed to explore the network of relationships between people, objects and places, the Node Magazine of real world has become an ambitious project to catalogue all touched the knowledge or even touched by the novel and its author, not only as it concerns the building or structure. It is no coincidence that the literary critic John Sutherland said that the project threatens to “overturn the habits of literary criticism.”

It all started when the creator of the project, still unnamed, has put his hands on a copy reading of the novel and decided to mobilize a volunteer to trace the entire network of references and shape the cloud of information related to book, without sparing nothing in the work found in the database network from search engines, from Google to Wikipedia. The architect of the project, masked behind the nickname patternBoy, conceived the Node Magazine as a “multi-blog pseudo-news from narrative Spook Country”, but at the time of its conception certainly did not envision himself to finish focus of the media. The intention of starting a text to a more detailed narrative of the birth from that work is not without precedent: in hypertext, the same thing had been accomplished precisely on the same last novel Gibson, Pattern Recognition ( The academy in Italy Dream), by another passionate hidden behind pseudonym. But if the work was at the party after the publication of the novel and had required about two years to reach its final form, in this case, the project started on February 7 this year, has brought forward the release of the novel and accompanied step by step dissemination to the general public, gaining official recognition of Gibson in person.

As noted by Sutherland, this can really serve as a way to fruition nuovaPynchon_Wiki critical texts. The potential offered by the multimedia platform blog reflect the complexity of references and levels of reading a book as Spook Country, allowing in this way to thrash out the plot of the references through the incremental cognitive mechanism that is the basis of. An operation metaletteraria and if we also want to mythopoetic, which not only facilitates the understanding of the text but to a certain extent it also complete iconography. And as experience shows similar mass standing for the last Pynchon, with a wiki dedicated to the monumental Against the Day, this is a strategy now more than promising.

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One thought on “Node Magazine: By the end of the last world?

  1. X says:

    Hi guys! I have read just now, thank you so much for the link! If you need, here is a less automated, but as much rough translation of the piece by myself 😉

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    Node Magazine: (hypertextual) future of literature

    A new trend is emerging on the horizon of writing and could bring a radical change in publishing dynamics, a sharper change than e-book coming. The artificers are a group of fans inspired by the most revolutionary among the writers in circulation: William Gibson.

    William Gibson’s long expected latest novel publication has come with a very particular launch. When the book was still away from the circuit of USA and UK bookstores, after receiving an advanced reading copy of Spook Country, a bunch of fierce fans had already started the arrangement of an unconventional promoting network. The novel’s narrative material had been made object of a deep and methodical examination which produced a web-magazine, whose name was inspired by the review conceived by Gibson himself in his own story. While Spook Country’s Node Magazine is an outbound heading dedicated to the latest frontiers in interactive art (exploring the network of relationships among people, things and geographical places), in our world the Node Magazine (www.nodemagazine.com/) has become a challenging project with the aim of tabulating the whole knowledge touched or even just grazed by the novel and its author. It is not a case if the academic literary critic John Sutherland has claimed that the project threatened “to completely overhaul the way literary criticism is conducted”.

    Everything was initiated when the still anonymous project promoter laid a hand on a reading copy of the novel and decided to mobilize “an army of volunteers” to track the references and to shape the cloud of data surrounding the book, considering every element of the work searchable on internet resources such as Google and Wikipedia. The pseudonymous author, under the nickname patternBoy, conceived the Node project as “a multi-author blog of fictional news stories in the Spook Country universe”, but at that moment he did not anticipate it would become the focus of media attention. The idea to begin from a text to get a more exhaustive description of the narrative world built by that work had a precedent: again in the hypertextual context, an analogous operation had involved Gibson’s previous novel Pattern Recognition, at the hands of another fan hidden behind a nom de plum. At the time the work had started after the publication of the novel and taken a couple of years to gain its final structure, whereas the Node, started last February 7th (please note: 2007), was complete before the novel was even published and so it supported step by step its diffusion, earning attention from Gibson himself.

    As pointed out by Sutherland, this operation could pave the way to a new critical fruition of texts. Multimedia potentialities offered by the platform of a blog mirror the complexity of cross-references and reading levels of a work as Spook Country and allow to dissect the plot through the incremental cognitive mechanism at the base of an hypertext. A metaliterary project and even a support to mythopoeia, useful to the comprehension of the text and to the definition of the iconography. As demonstrated by the similar experience arranged for the latest Thomas Pynchon’s, with a wiki entirely dedicated to the monumental Against the Day (http://against-the-day.pynchonwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page), we can say it is more than just a promising strategy.

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    By the way, great job!
    C’ya in cyberspace,
    X

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