islands...
...and by islands I mean paragraphs
...J.R.Carpenter
...and by islands I mean paragraphs casts a reader a drift in a sea of white space extending far beyond the horizon of the browser window, to the north, south, east and west. Navigating (with mouse, track pad, or arrow keys) reveals that this sea is dotted with islands ...and by islands I mean paragraphs. These paragraphs are computer-generated. Their fluid compositions draw upon variable strings containing fragments of text harvested from a larger literary corpus. Individually, each of these textual islands is a topic - from the Greek topos, meaning place. Collectively they constitute a topographical map of a sustained practice of reading and re-reading and writing and re-writing islands. In this constantly shifting sea of variable texts one never finds the same islands twice... and by islands, I do mean paragraphs.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Andrew et. al. (1994) Scottish Island Hopping: A guide for the Independent Traveller. Polygon, Edinburgh

Ballard, J. G. (2011) Concrete Island. London: Fourth Estate

Bishop, E. (1984) "Crusoe in England," The Complete Poems: 1927-1979. NY: FSG

Coetzee, J. M. (1986) Foe. London: Penguin

Darwin, C. (1997) The Voyage Of The Beagle. London: Wordsworth Classics

Defoe, Daniel (2000), Robinson Crusoe. Ware: Wordsworth Classics

Deleuze, G. (2004) "Desert Islands," Desert Islands and Other Texts, 1953--1974. Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents

Díaz, H., (2010) "A Topical Paradise." Cabinet 38. Brooklyn, NY, p. 79-85.

Hakluyt, R. (1903) The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques & Discoveries of the English Nation Made by Sea or Over-land to the Remote and Farthest Distant Quarters of the Earth at any time within the compasse of these 1600 Yeeres. Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons

Shakespeare, W. (1996) The Tempest. London: Penguin

Tacitus (1960 [97-98]) Tacitus on Britain and Germany. H. Mattingly trans., Middlesex: Penguin Classics

Thomson & Murray (1885) Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger. London.

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