Adventures in Mot-Town

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2002
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39-50
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In his State of the Arts keynote, Coover offered a tour of a number of contemporary works of electronic literature, in the style of an adventure story following our hero "Mot" -- the word -- as it wrestles through the multimediated world of graphic networked technologies.

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An adventure, yes, but of some danger to our hero's health, as most of his word-doctors forewarned, their patient's very substance was at risk in this parasitic realm, where she often found herself sucked dry as if by vampires' kisses, reduced to a mere floating husk, buffeted by flash and cacophony.

We may yet take the digital world to bed with us.

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Scott Rettberg