The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species

[Feature image: Marginal illumination of an ursine scribe from the Bohun Psalter and Hours] Last year, a member of the first edition of the Technotexts seminar, Suzanna Hersey, encouraged me to read Ken Liu’s Paper Menagerie, and she was especially keen to see what I’d make of the collection’s opening story, “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species.” I have now used it as the final reading (more on this in a moment) of Technotexts 2.0. It’s actually a bit of a stretch to call “Bookmaking Habits” a “story,” though: it’s…

Titular Aids

I’ve been reading through the work of the Canadian poet bpNichol lately, and in the midst of my rummaging through his diverse creative output, I stumbled upon his “Device for Generating a Contemporary Essay Title.” It shows us Nichol at his most Oulipian. It’s also an amusing picture–as Nichol understood–of the state of the discourse circa 1980. In a lovely Nicholian twist, the generator takes form of a postcard so that one could share the fun with friends. I offer it now for readers’ delight and, for students, aid: Now,…