Grand Text Auto is a new blog that should be worth reading. Five of the smartest people working in new media, Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern (authors of the forthcoming interactive drama Facade), Nick Montfort, Stuart Moulthrop, and Noah Wardrip-Fruin will be the drivers this blog dedicated to “mashing up digital narrative, poetry, games and art.”
I've been a bit slow on the blog lately — end of term and other fracas. My cat and I are moving to a new place on the beach on Memorial Day, and I've begun the post-term indulgence of working through a stack of new novels by some of my favorite writers. I finished Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis, and I'm about 100 pages into Paul Auster's The Book of Illusions. After that, Richard Powers' Our Time of Singing followed by Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex. And I'm going to try to write a plain old linear short story longhand on legal pads. In a green lounge chair. On the beach. Look for beach book reports if I manage to muster the energy for an occasional post.