Two Australian literary magazines—The Lifted Brow and Cordite Poetry Review—have teamed up on a remix project called Umami. Guest editor Luke Davies has selected new original works of flash fiction and poetry which have been subsequently handed over to visual artists, writers, architects, designers and programmers to create remixed or adapted works from the originals. The pieces are currently being published each weekday to The Lifted Brow and the works so far created have been startling and diverse.
SC2VN is a remarkable visual novel that takes you into the world of professional video game players. The visual novel is a form of screen-based interactive fiction that relies on text and images not unlike graphic novels. Built on the gaming platform, Steam, SC2VN focuses on ‘Mach’, an aspiring professional gamer seeking the best StarCraft 2 players in the world to build a championship team. Like many great novels, it’s a glimpse into a fascinating culture through the eyes of its characters.
Are bookish people more likely to also be lovers of lists? I suspect so since downloading The List App, a social network that allows you to create and share lists of anything. At the moment available only for iPhone and iPad, the app is a fun and distracting alternative to the usual networks with recommendations, recipes, even the hairstyles of Daniel Day Lewis (ranked).
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been writing a column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.