Focusing On 'Optics'
Suddenly it's all about "optics." It sounds complicated, wonky, concrete. But what does this buzzword actually mean? It seems ideally suited for the discussion, analysis, creation, or control of pseudo-events. That sounds absurdly removed from reality, because it is.
The City In Your Dreams
An intriguing blog offers stories that could be seen as mapping a dream space — a space where the unbuilt (as in demolished) environment of a real city persists, right alongside what's there now, and what has never been. Could it point us to the "collective unconscious" of New York?
Secret Lives Of Things
The "alien" isn't located in far-flung galaxies: It surrounds us. That's at the heart of Ian Bogost's book about "what it's like to be a thing." While his enterprise is speculative by necessity, it's rooted in very real-world concerns. Here, I ask him a few questions about why understanding alien stuff really matters.