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From Culture Cat:

1. Pick a quote of one or more paragraphs from something you’ve read, in print, over the course of the past week. (It should be something you’ve actually read, and not something that you’ve read a page of just in order to be able to post your favorite quote.)

2. Avoid commentary beyond a couple sentences, create a context or caption for the text rather than a discussion.

3. Quoting a passage doesn’t entail endorsement of what’s said in it. You may agree or you may not. Whether you do isn’t really the point of the exercise anyway.

From "Writing Machines" by N. Katherine Hayles. This excerpt is from her conclusion. She's analyzed 3 texts, Mark Z. Danielewski's "House of Leaves," Talen Mammott's "Lexia to Perplexia," and an artists' book Tom Phillip's "A Humument" discussing the materiality of the text and how these 3 texts act as "hypertexts" though they are print not digital, speculating on how technotexts affect the development of contemporary subjectivities. (This is a very poor explanation of Hayles' forward thinking and amazing work.)

The implication for studies of technology and literature is that the materiality of inscription thoroughly interpenetrates the represented world. Even when technology does not appear as a theme, it is woven into the fictional world through the processes that produce the literary work as a material artifact. "House of Leaves" provides a powerful example showing why a fully adequate theory of semiotics must take into account the materiality of inscription technologies as well as a material understanding of the signifier. Technological effects can no more be separated from literary effects than characters can be separated from the writings that contain and are contained by them. Through its material metaphors, "House of Leaves" suggests that the appropriate model for subjectivity is a communication circuit rather than discrete individualism, for narration remediation rather than representation, and for reading and writing inscription technology fused with consciousness rather than a mind conveying its thoughts directly to the reader (130).