Can a corporate-dominated Web become an environment conducive to literary activity? The novelist, essayist, and cultural critic Curtis White is skeptical. Responding to criticisms of his account of the devolution of literary publishing and reflecting on the prevalence of market-driven values in online exchanges, White doubts whether literature can distinguish itself in the noisy new media ecology, which he likens to a high-tech prison house.
Form and platform are bridged in Stephanie Strickland's "V: WaveSon.nets/Losing L'una," a book with two beginings and a website to boot. Chris Funkhouser tests the load limit of this innovative, precarious structure.