Recollection in Process

Gathering: Recollection in Process

There has never been a ‘Best of the Electronic Book Review’ or a print collection. After ten full years of online publication, ebr has devised other ways of marking time, using techniques available in the same electronic media where the work first appeared. Here the editor presents an initial ‘Gathering’ of ebr essays, pulled from each of the journal’s threads to date. Read more here

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Past Futures, Future's Past


The second in a series of two essays developing the parallels between Iraq and the Peloponnesian Wars, between classical Empire and postmodern Imperialism.

Mister Smathers


a short fiction by Harry Mathews

In My Own Recognizance


Ronald Sukenick on Extreme Fiction.

Satisfying Ambiguity


From the Oracle of Delphi to the Wizard of Oz, it is clear that “if we attack we will destroy a great empire.” The only question that remains, is which one?

The End of Exemptions for Beauty


The WTC attack considered as a conflict between open and closed systems, a one-system people and a many-system people.

9/11 Emerging


A personal account by novelist Joseph McElroy of the WTC crash (that is: a structure of some outside and inside project encompassing one individual).

The Avant-Garde and the Question of Literature


Ralph Berry on Avant-Garde fiction and the future of the page.

Form and Emotion


Author Lucy Corin opposes the emotionalism of genre fiction to the deeply emotional formalism in the fiction of Harold Jaffe, Patricia Eakins, and Janet Kauffman.

Hollywood Nomadology?


Linda Brigham offers a Deleuzean take on Independence Day.

To Be Both in Touch and in Control


Stephanie Strickland unravels the crochet of categorizations used to contain data, and explores the texture and topography of a hypertext poetics.

A Somewhat Legal Look at the Dawn and Dusk of the Napster Controversy


Paul C. Rapp, Esq., a.k.a. Lee Harvey Blotto, on the legal, cultural, and economic dimensions of the Napster controversy circa Y2K.

Scientists on the Margins


David Nobes on the World Summit on the Information Society and the failure of some of its visionaries to see beyond tame and regimented applications of the Internet.

The Flights of A821: dearchiving the proceedings of a birdsong


Marta Werner uncages Emily Dickinson’s fragments.

On the Globalization of Literature: Haruki Murakami, Tim O’Brien, and Raymond Carver


Reiichi Miura considers the worldwide reception of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and charts a course for a fiction where nationalism loses relevance.

The Education of Adams (Henry) / ALAMO


Paul Braffort studies constrained writing from Henry Adams to Braffort’s own ALAMO project, and presents his findings in the form of a Triolet (between 1999 and 2000 words)



“Dispersion” is a short-story by Rob Swigart.