Thank you Dave for selecting “The First Draft of the Revolution” by Emily Short & Liza Daly for your class walkthrough and presentation. This piece was a departure from the sound & image centric pieces we have been exploring thus far. I enjoyed this shift in emphasis as we continue on our tour of all that #elit can be. This interactive epistolary fiction was truly a textual showcase, playing on the fine tuned decisions we make as we write and write our intentions. Juliette & Henri lead us through personal and political intrigue via a series of magical letter writing. Their conflictual marriage set in late 18th century France serves as the backdrop just as the the rise of resistance/resentment for the aristocracy is gaining ground. Their letter tell a deeper story, because we can see each and every subconscious iteration of their writing process. Indeed, it’s the the inner dialogue we engage in as we craft our stance and choose certain words that reveal a fuller sense of story. The rough drafts of our carefully controlled final message reveals a good deal about who we truly are. My favorite part of this textual journey was the palimpsest verse with magical translation which ultimately led to Juliette’s new found empowerment and her return to Paris (for better and worse). First Draft of the Revolution offers us as readers an intimate lens on re-vision. It is an effective exploration of the space between the mind and the page, and it exposes the artifice at the heart of our thoroughly crafted communications.
In the second half of class we has a great discussion of our varying “Thermophiles in Love” experiences. We were able to identify some emerging themes in all of the reflective blog posts you submitted after the week of play. Our next task will be to weave thoughtful reflections on specific “takeaways” from the experience.
For next week:
Please read and blog your reflection of Hobo Lobo of Hamelin by Stevan Žinadinovic. Katherine will present/walk us through this piece in the first half of class.
In addition, please write your focused critique/reflection on “Thermophiles in Love” and drop it into the collaborative doc. Remember that each of you chose to focus on a specific aspect of the overall #netprov experience, and you have agreed to write a couple of paragraphs or so to expand on that particular issue you have identified. (Please see the document to remember your chosen topic.)
Looking forward to continuing our work on this together next week!
Ps. Also, take note that the deadline for your own individual elit piece is now December 6th.