All Sex Goes to Heaven on Bandcamp
You can now listen to and buy ($5) the purely digital version of Marko Casso’s All Sex Goes to Heaven on bandcamp.
This mini-archive was set up by apo-mechanes, which (from what I’ve gathered from their site) is a sort of conference held in Greece that focuses on non-linear design, specifically with the help of algorithms. Beyond my reach. Anyway, they have a nice page with links to PDFs for their reading list. There’s some interesting stuff on there, a few stories by Jorge Louis Borges, The Birds by Aristophanes, and whole wealth of theoretical work with titles like 1000 Years of Non-Linear History, and such (from what I’ve seen, most of the longer works of theory consist of mostly the introduction).
Click here for mediafire link to a zip folder containing Roland Barthes’ “Death of the Author” (1967), Susan Sontag’s “Against Interpretation” (1964), and John Barth’s “How to Make a Universe” (~1960 as a speech; 1984 in The Friday Book).
Roland Barthes’ essay calls into question the essential, positivist nature of the Author - how the author of a text, as an entity (psychological or otherwise), is not only unimportant, but incomprehensible. The language of the writing is what speaks, not the author. Susan Sontag, who is a disciple (so to say) of Barhtes, takes the problem of the dead author to the extent of the reader. The act of interpretation, Sontag says, places limits on the art object and is part of the longstanding philosophical tradition of the search for the Ultimate Truth; interpretation constricts the art object to manageable complicity. John Barth writes from the perspective of a creative writer. Through a succession of name drops (from Kafka to Shakespeare) and inquisitive gems, Barth speaks about how the act of writing is an act of structuring a universe.
"Death of the Author" and "Against Interpretation" were found on the internet somewhere already in the form I present them to you. "How to Make a Universe" was in text format and I made the PDF.