Will Self discusses a range of issues provoked by his digital essay Kafka’s Wound at thespace.lrb.co.uk with Nicholas Spice and Helen Jeffrey from the London Review of Books, and Dan Franklin, Digital Publisher at Random House.
Is this unique digital essay a proto-form for a new type of deeper engagement with long form content on the web? What can modernism tell us about the digital storm sweeping through our world? How might collaborative digital authorship move forward? What next?
Will Self’s Umbrella has made it on to the Man Booker shortlist, along with Tan Twan Eng’s The Garden of Evening Mists, Deborah Levy’s Swimming Home, Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies, Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse and Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis.
Will Self is going to be part of a panel discussion about physics and cosmology at the Royal Society tonight with Stephen Hawking, Dara O Briain, Athene Donald, Martin Rees and Adam Rutherford. To follow the debate, go to @DiscoveryUK or follow the hashtag #StephenHawking on Twitter.
The young man in the artisanal bread shop said I had met his wife yesterday and talked with her at length – of this I remembered nothing. He was an earnest soul, oval faced, blond, with slightly pointed ears – he wore a blouson jacket with a round collar. More...
A quick note for American readers – Umbrella is published in the USA on 8th January 2013 by Grove Press. Pre-ordering is available at Amazon.com. For more information about Umbrella and to read an extract, see the full page of info on Umbrella.
June 19: Will is going to be in conversation with Mike Shamash reflecting on how writing about disability has changed and the potential for a new paradigm at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre from 2pm to 6pm. Details here.