Author: cryptovalence

Gender Perceptions in “My Body”

Shelley Jackson’s My Body — A Wunderkammer is ripe with ideas relating to gender and identity.  She addresses various aspects of femininity/masculinity in a manner which calls our attention to gender binaries. The work ultimately challenges and subverts these binaries, I think — celebrating the body for its flaws and deficiencies as well as its strengths and beauties.   The text,…

“Now Hug Yer Brain and Keep Playing:” Deciphering Jason Nelson

Playing Jason Nelson’s games/art creations felt like my brain was being assaulted. It is messy, often incoherent, and destabilizing in many ways. I read that chaos as a way of mimicking both the overwhelming amount of information that is accessible in the age of the internet and the overwhelming amount of “choices” we have as consumers in a capitalist society.…

Creative Project — Fainting

There have been so many well-done electronic lit projects that came out of the creative assignment.  I want to share my own, and I will, though it comes with the disclaimer “not yet finished”.  From a different perspective, this translates to “My project was a mess, was really a huge failure.”  But I only say this because that failure has…

All Roads: Interactive Fiction and Experiments with Perspective

Consciousness is slowly returning to you.  You wake, but are then suddenly standing on a scaffold in a city square with a noose around your neck.  So begins Jon Ingold’s All Roads, with much confusion, but just as much intrigue.  It is interactive fiction in style similar to Colossal Cave Adventure and Galatea, where the reader/player enters text commands to…