Our first Homework is a reading and written response.
The reading is entitled Wht is a Book? by Paul Chan. Here is a PDF: Wht_is_a_Book_2011
Or if you feel like spending $1.99 for the eBook, you can find it HERE.
This reading – if we can call it that – considers shifting ideas of reading, publishing, print production, and mass communication in an abstract way. You may love it or you may hate it.
Once you have downloaded and read the book, write a 3-4 paragraph response. Think about the relationship between the meaning of the text and the form of presentation. How would you describe the tone of the language? (Does it read like a poem? a novel? a newspaper article?) What is the text about and who wrote it? Why is it presented in this way? How do the images on the pages relate to the text? How are the images arranged? What are your impressions of the design – or the lack thereof? Is Paul Chan just a lousy designer? How would reading a printed copy of this book be different from the eBook?
You don’t need to directly address these questions, but try to think along these lines. And don’t be afraid to speak your mind.
You response should be the equivalent of a one page paper. Post your response according to our Posting Guidelines. And please be ready to talk about the reading in our next class!