Thursday, May 29, 2008

Interesting Review of "Writing Machines"

Hi Everyone,

I found an interesting review of Writing Machines this morning. What do you think?

Do you all think she effectively made her case? Or atleast began by asking the right questions?


mike's spot said...

I'm not sure if it's asking 'the right questions' but it points out a major character flaw in Hayles- and that is painful narcissism. Reading this lady talk about herself in the third person stroking her own ego was not really an enjoyable experience.

That being said- Hayles insistence on using painful text to further make her point did not, in my opinion, add to the text- it was at best, slightly entertaining, and at worst, gave me a headache from staring at poorly laid out pages.

Lance Strate said...

I think it would be more appropriate to refer to the third person account as a narrative strategy that may not have been effective, as opposed to a character flaw. The review is a bit harsh, and perhaps does not fully take into consideration that this book is more of a probe that an exhaustive scholarly review. But it is good to get a critical response, so thanks for posting it.