Since Alt-X's inception in 1993, our primary mission has been to challenge the art and literary publishing establishments by supporting some of the most iconoclastic voices and visions in contemporary art and writing. Our Alt-X Virtual Imprints brings to web-readers classic interventionist novels of the recent past as well as anthologies of current work from emerging artists in the new media culture.
Electronic Reprints Number One
OUT is a novel of immense energy. Sukenick's characters flash into and out of presence; episodes impel themselves so strongly that they are self-obliterating. This is an experiment in narrative and language; at the same time it is an extremely accurate, persistently funny portrayal of the psychic overload we all reached at the end of the sixties. Sukenick engages the full range of contemporary fantasy -- revolution, conspiracy, pastoral nostalgia, Indian wisdom, demonic secret societies, and sexual extravaganza. These do not merely occur in the narrative but occupy it. Singly and in various rapid combinations, they add their manic energies to the story's acceleration.
Electronic Reprints Number Two
Originally published by Coda Press in 1979, Federman's Voice In The Closet continues the surfictional enterprise he started with his groundbreaking novels Double Or Nothing and Take It Or Leave It. As Federman himself says, "many novels written in the 1970s read more like essays than pure fiction, or what I call critifiction: a kind of narrative that contains its own theory and even its own criticism." The Voice In The Closet is a total rejection of traditional forms of narrative and through a never-ending sprial of self-reflexiveness, challenges the oppressive forces of social and literary authority.
Electronic Reprints Number Three
Originally published by Random House in 1968, this Alt-X Electronic Reprint features excerpts from Fiction's Fourth Dimension, also known as the creative mind of Steve Katz, author of numerous postmodern classics including The Exagggerations of Peter Prince, Stolen Stories, SAW and Moving Parts. The stories found in this exclusive Alt-X publication have titles like FAUST, WONDER WOMAN and PLASTIC MAN.
The abundance of interviews collected at Alt-X over the years can be appreciated in this updated volume that features over fifty Alt-X dialogues between Alt-X correspondents around the globe and many writers, new media artists, theorists, musicians and political activists, including Bret Easton Ellis, Avital Ronell, William T. Vollmann, George Landow, the Guerilla Girls, Paul Krassner, Douglas Coupland, Kathy Acker, Martin Amis, Dennis Cooper and many others. For those interested in the convergence of the contemporary literati and digerati, this collection is not to be missed!
First published on the web in January 1995 and eventually published as a book by San Diego State University Press in 1996, this collection of innovative essays was not only the first serious group of literary writings published on the Net, it also signaled the first major work of criticism to focus on the writing phenomenon known as Avant-Pop. Contributors include Larry McCaffery, Michael Joyce, Eurydice, Steve Shaviro, Harold Jaffe, David Blair, Curtis White and many others. Amerika and Olsen's introduction sounds the alarm of the new Avant-Popstars: "No Mo Po Mo!"
Released on the World Wide Web the same day that President Bill Clinton signed the Communications Decency Act into law (and which has since been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court), Dirty Desires is first and foremost an exhilirating collection of sexy prose with an intelligent bite. Featuring the work of many controversial writers, including Ron Sukenick, Doug Rice, Don Webb, Mandie B., Lily James, Matt Fuller, Bayard Johnson and many others, the stories collected here explore the inner connections between language, pornosophy, eroticism and the sediments of desire.
Outlaw writing with a terrorist heart, Networked Interzones represents an explosive mix of avant-pop fiction, dissident comix, aberrant essays, dark comedy sit-coms, eloquent rants, mock interviews, paranoid conspiracy theories, and X-rated fantasies. Contributors include R.U. Sirius and St. Jude, Dick Gregory, Terry Southern, Norman Conquest, Eurydice, Stewart Home, Lori Gluck, Raymond Federman, James Cook, Rosie Cross, John Perry Barlow, Bruce Sterling, McKenzie Wark, Bruce Benderson, Knut Mork, Jacques Servin, Steve Shaviro and over 40 others!
When Alt-X first came online as a nasty gopher site, we started exploring the anachronistic propaganda-device known as the manifesto. All sorts of wild contributions began pouring in and from this flood of bombastic bravado there emerged a set of diatribes whose precision and linguistic explosiveness merited immediate publication. Included in this collection are rants from Harry Polkinhorn, Critical Arts Ensmeble, Eurydice, Bruce Benderson, Gary Panter, Karen Elliot, Luther Blisset, Technet, Orphan Drift, Cynthia Kitchen and Mark Amerika's 1993 Avant-Pop manifesto.
Atemporal Proceedings of the May 9, 1996 Word Bombs Conference devised by Alt-X/UK Bureau Chief Matt Fuller. Included here are contributions from Pat Cadigan, Gashgirl, Mark Fisher, Simon Pope, Stewart Home and Ron Sukenick.
Artists, writers, theorists and extra-terrestrial writings from Planet Oz. The editors say it all in their opening intro: "The American popular culture machine is evident not only on the telescreens all around us but has, in recent years, transcended the mass media and become part of the Australian social consciousness."