Jaded Ibis Has a Different Idea
In case you haven’t seen, from last year:
From the Forbes introduction to the interview:
“Moving text from paper to screen: there’s the bulk of technology’s effect on mainstream literature so far. If a 21st Century equivalent of the Lost Generation’s Paris exists — a hotpoint where the novel is undergoing radical transformation to reflect its time — it seems to be lost in its own right. Maybe it doesn’t exist on a map, or maybe a site map.
Or maybe it’s Seattle, where Jaded Ibis Productions is developing novels that founder Debra Diblasi calls an “evolution” – hypertext, soundtracks, fake advertisements, crossword puzzles as commentary, editions that cost anywhere from $10 to thousands of dollars. But it was a collaboration between Jaded Ibis and indy music producer Chris Richards that really got me wondering what was going on.
In this wide-ranging email interview, Di Blasi and Richards explain the mashup novel, what’s gone wrong with mainstream publishers and record producers and why the wealthy aren’t carrying their aesthetic weight anymore.”
And now that it's 2012, you can see for yourself what they’re doing:
One of the things that intrigues me is that they ask musicians make songs to go along with their books.
In a time many people are saying is empty of new ideas, this is certainly a new idea.
So, since it appears I’m not writing poetry these days, Debra let me do a song for one of their books. It was a lot of fun.
No One Told Me I Was Going to Disappear
And then, because I was interested in doing another, I did one just for fun from Your Father on the Train of Ghosts. Don’t tell G.C., whatever you do.
Your Father’s on the Train of Ghosts
I like this idea of books of poetry becoming these other things. Videos. Songs. Visual art. We should do a panel on it at AWP next year.