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March/April 2003
[Volume 24, Issue 3]

New Media Studies


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Table of Contents
FOCUS New Media Studies

Introduction: New Media Studies
Scott Rettberg

A User’s Guide to the New Millennium
Matthew G. Kirschenbaum reviews
The New Media Reader edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort

The Materiality of Technotexts
Raine Koskimaa reviews Writing Machines by N. Katherine Hayles

Bridge Work
Chris Funkhouser reviews V: WaveSon.nets/Losing L’una by Stephanie Strickland

Crackpot Realism
Scott Hermanson reviews Cognitive Fictions by Joseph Tabbi

Evangelizing the Everyday Web
Scott Rettberg reviews Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web by David Weinberger

Strange Magic
Maureen Seaton reviews E-poetry from the Electronic Literature Organization’s 2002 State of the Arts Symposium Gallery

Justin Hall and the Birth of the ’Blogs
Rob Wittig reviews Justin’s Links by Justin Hall

FEATURE Further Experiments

A Play on Words: Federman’s Tribute
Mason Adams reviews Journal of Experimental Fiction The Laugh that Laughs at the Laugh: Writing from and about the Pen Man, Raymond Federman edited by Eckhard Gerdes

Hyperboxes, Hyped Boxes, Über-Boxes
Elisabeth Ly Bell reviews The Grand Hotels (of Joseph Cornell) by Robert Coover

Scott M. Korb reviews Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer


FEATURE The Thrill of the Grass

The Boys of Summer
Ron Kaplan reviews Baseball: A Literary Anthology edited by Nicholas Dawidoff and The Heavenly World Series: Timeless Baseball Fiction by Frank O’Rourke

Brooklyn’s Golden Age
Dave Mandl reviews Long before the Dodgers: Baseball in Brooklyn, 1855–1884 by James L. Terry

FEATURE Midwestern Riffs

Ambient America
Kenneth Goldsmith reviews Strange Neonatal Cry: Ambient Fiction by Erik Belgum

Family Album
Victoria Brockmeier reviews The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings by Rebecca McClanahan


National Poetry Month Supplement

Living with Creative Fire
Marilyn Kallet reviews the volcano sequence by Alicia Suskin Ostriker

Enough Dark to Go Around
Laurel Blossom reviews Waterborne: Poems by Linda Gregerson

Poems that Rattle Us
Lauren McCollum reviews Boneshaker by Jan Beatty

Body and Soul
Chris Semansky reviews From the Book of Changes by Stephen Tapscott and Among the Musk Ox People by Mary Ruefle

Keloid Scars Walter Hess reviews ...Here...: New and Selected Poems by Everett Hoagland

The Thinlooped Snares that Language Casts
Dean Kostos reviews Springing: New and Selected Poems by Marie Ponsot

The Grounding of Loss and Violence
Wayne Miller reviews Double Going by Richard Foerster and The Finger Bone by Kevin Prufer

Biographia Literaria
Nina Zivancevic reviews The Beirut Poems and Egypt by Dawn Michelle Baude

Book Reviews

Gaps in the System
Harold Jaffe reviews Instead of Confusion by Stephen-Paul Martin

How Capitalism Got Soul
Matt Kopka reviews The Protestant Ethic and the “Spirit” of Capitalism and Other Writings by Max Weber

The Body Artist
Kreg Hasegawa reviews The Melancholy of Anatomy by Shelley Jackson

Playful History
Joseph M. Flora reviews Soul Resin by C.W. Cannon

Imitation of Life
Diana George reviews Notable American Women by Ben Marcus

Slouching Toward Bethlehem
Daniel Leary reviews Bernard Shaw’s Remarkable Religion: A Faith That Fits the Facts by Stuart E. Baker

Oe’s Song of Innocence and Experience
Keith Leslie Johnson reviews Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age! by Kenzaburo Oe

Writers from the Other America
Amy Weintraub Kratka reviews Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction, 1945–1970 by Morris Dickstein

The Blessed Province
Michael Griffith reviews My Life in Heavy Metal by Steve Almond

I Scrawl, Therefore I Am
Robert Long reviews Lee & Elaine by Ann Rower

Journeys to the Ends of Earth and Beyond
Mike Daily reviews One Way Donkey Ride by Mark E. Cull

Hidden Selves
Daniel Nasaw reviews Seeing Double: Shared Identities in Physics, Philosophy, and Literature by Peter Pesic

Blank at Both Ends
Jim Feast reviews Simply Separate People by Lynn Crawford

Night, Mother
Margaret Quamme reviews My Mother’s Island by Marnie Mueller

Love in the Ruined
Greg Oaks reviews The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville

Lost in the Woods
J.D. Smith reviews Gigantic by Marc Nesbitt and Toast by Rex Rose


Rants and Raves
Letter to the Editor
From the Backlist
Corinne Robins reviews Loving Picasso: The Private Journal
of Fernande Olivier
translated by Christine Baker and Michael Raeburn


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