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Unanswered Questions

New on The Hyperliterature Exchange for November 2005: Edward Picot reviews "Inanimate Alice", a new media fiction from Kate Pullinger and Babel, and "Aftershocks", a new media murder documentary from Martha Deed.

"Both 'Inanimate Alice' and 'Aftershocks' use unanswered questions as a technique for capturing our attention. They exploit the fact that when things are left unresolved, we feel more obliged to read on, in search of a resolution. But both stories go further than simply arousing our curiosity..."

To read the whole review, go to http://hyperex.co.uk/reviewafteralice.php .

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Rilke and the Archaic Torso

"Rilke and the Archaic Torso", by Edward Picot

"How does Rilke get from his admiration of the statue to his closing phrase - 'Du mußt dein Leben ändern' ('You must change your life')? Why should a marble torso, however magnificent, seem to be sending him (and us) such a powerful challenge?"

Taking Rilke's famous poem "Archaic Torso of Apollo" as his starting-point, Edward Picot's new work of hyperliterature provides first a commentary on the poem, then an undercommentary, and finally a poetic response of his own, animated in Flash, with hurtling fragments of Greek statuary.


The Greyhound Murder

"After dark, someone came knocking on the door. Seven knocks, so loud they went right through the house...
I was looking at the sky. It was a windy day. There were white clouds going across, brilliantly white, and beyond them the blue...
'By their fruits shall ye know them,' he said. 'And he that is unjust, let him be unjust still, for the hour is at hand.'...
I shone my torch: something brown to the left of the drive. A boot. Then something bulky in the weeds. A leg, two legs, a body. Twisted and red..."

A new nonlinear story, "The Greyhound Murder", is now available on my personal website, for 25c via BitPass.



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