Electric Literature: In “Beautyland,” An Italian American Extraterrestrial in Philly is Humanity’s Sharpest Scribe

Electric Literature: In “Beautyland,” An Italian American Extraterrestrial in Philly is Humanity’s Sharpest Scribe

“When you say ‘departure,’ what does that mean?” Marie-Helene Bertino asks me.  This question launches our conversation about her new novel, Beautyland. Given that the story opens with spaceship Voyager 1 leaving planet earth, it makes sense that the author is attentive to the semantics of “departure.” I’d used the word as I referenced Bertino’s […]

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Electric Literature: 8 Uncanny Novels that Will Make You Question Your Reality

Electric Literature: 8 Uncanny Novels that Will Make You Question Your Reality

As a young child, I’d wake in my bed, certain I was somewhere I didn’t belong, crying desperately to go home. And so, my relationship with the uncanny began. In Sigmund Freud’s 1919 essay “The Uncanny,” the basic definition of the term is, in-of-itself, a contradiction. For the uncanny, Freud uses the word unheimlich, from […]

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