Another great week “in the can”! Thank you all for some collective exploration and close reading in #elitclass. Here are our agenda slides from this week:
Thanks, Hugo for the visual logic and analytical eye you applied to our next #elit walkthrough review from the ELC Vol. 3 – Icarus Needs – by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey. This digital comic adventure-quest had us all thinking about the fine line between waking life and the dream world. (….Because as your mother might have warned you, you never know when you might fall asleep playing a video game.) The questions you asked us all at the close of your presentation (about the fine line between reality, perception and our dream life) was much food for thought. I think it is safe to say that we were all sincerely reflective about the role our dreams have played in our waking life.
And isn’t it true? Life is like a dream…or some kind of adventure-quest game? I guess you could say that Icarus Needs is video game mechanic-come-quirky philosophical inquiry. We collect magical objects, hit many dead ends, jump over chasms, solve mini-puzzles, and wake up by falling, falling, falling. With metaphorical/symbolic language laced throughout and a digital interface that renders a kinetic-comic-strip experience, Icarus Needs is a text that certainly challenges our traditional sense of the “literary” as it makes us think further about what literature can be. The beginnings of an answer may be found in several of the astute close reading observations made about this unique text during Hugo’s class walkthrough.
With Those We Love Alive
Thank you Jessie for choosing this special piece of #elit. I am sorry we ran out of time, and thanks to your peers for staying as long as they could. I know how hard you prepared and your research was thorough and brought vast insight into this beautiful and yet disturbing work. Porpentine’s With Those We Love Alive is a Twine game that invites the reader to become physically involved through marking up their own body with symbols throughout “game play”. With Those We Love Alive makes use of text and audio and simple backgrounds of shifting colors to draw the player into a disturbing science fiction landscape. This interactive game-story is also a nightmarish experience in an unknown world full of self-harm, visceral disgust, and violence. Jessie’s thoughtful analysis revealed the complexity of the work, and I especially enjoyed her consideration of the title extracted from the Bhagavad Ghita or “The Song of God” (a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the epic Mahabharata, commonly dated to the second century BC):
“Better to live on beggar’s bread with those we love alive, than taste their blood in rich feasts spread, and guiltily survive.”
If this is an interactive fiction about trauma and survival, it is also a looping experience of false starts and roads that keep leading us to dead-end traps. To read the story is to experience the thematics which mirror our “relationship with the chasm”.
If you are curious about the creator who made such a compelling piece, this link is very interesting:
National Day on Writing!
As we all know, writing is an important part of life. It helps us communicate and work with each other, supports our learning, and helps us remember. The National Day on Writing® celebrates writing—and the many places, reasons, and ways we write each day—as an essential component of literacy. Since 2009, #WhyIWrite has encouraged thousands of people to lift their voices to the things that matter most to them. NCTE invites you to join our 2019 National Day on Writing on October 20 and tell us about what compels you to pick up a pen, sharpen a few pencils, dust off the chalk, find a marker that works, or tap your keyboard. Here’s how!
It is celebrated for about a week or so, and I hope each of you will take a creative moment to share why you write (#whyiwrite), and also to share a little bit of who you are (#iamfrom #whyiwrite).
Your to-do List:
Read: Digital, A Love Story (Ryan’s selection)
Read: Inanimate Alice (Kaitlyn’s selection)
Have a restful weekend!