Book Title: Ancillary Probes : Being a collection of reader responses to The Sovereignties of Invention by Matthew Battles
Book Description: Essays, stories, conversations and works about Battle's 11 tales.
The pieces gathered together here are supplemental delvings into the odd relationships, weird events and strange technological interactions that pierce into the marrow of Battles tales. Some side-long glances that needle into the marrow of the stories. Textual biopsies of the hearts of the matter. The reader responses are inspired by the odd mental blood-rush created by the energies of uncanniness that the stories call forth and probe.
About The Sovereignties of Invention by Matthew Battles:
The thrill and anxiety of the Uncanny is the engine of this debut collection by rare book librarian and cultural critic Matthew Battles. He invents a new Creole, one that combines the baroque grandiosity of 19th century industrialist with the sleek grandiosity of the 21st technologist. Traversing musty libraries and austere technology conferences, Battles quietly but ruthlessly discloses the beauty and grotesquerie of our present times, our infatuation with the New and our nostalgia for the Old both lovingly depicted and then slowly roasted on the spit.
In “The Dogs in the Trees,” man’s best friends deliver an enigmatic rebuke. The protagonist of “The Sovereignties of Invention” is enthralled by a gadget that plumbs the depths of the stream of consciousness. In “The Manuscript of Belz,” a librarian ponders the glamor of the book and the bloody limits of cultural experience. And “the Gnomon” seeks in Internet culture the same dark energies limned by Poe.
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