The End of the Book and the Beginning of Writing — Time BarrowYesterday, I had the great good pleasure of chatting on Facebook with Laura Heffernan about Sweet Reality , her latest novel. Effervescent and wide-open fun, our conversation zipped, darted, and turned upside down the way that I have always believed that a novel was written. I write the ending first, she said and laughed. I have an idea, write the ending, and then figure out how my characters get there. Our conversation veered off into other fascinating trails: reality television, cooking competitions, cupcakes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was lively, fun, and all too short.
The History of Writing - Where the Story Begins - Extra History
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Derrida, Jacques, and Barry Stocker. Jacques Derrida: Basic Writings.
In Of Grammatology , Jacques Derrida equates the culture of The Book with logocentrism , the belief in a signifier which is both outside of structure, and hence beyond scrutiny or challenge, and at the very centre, providing it with a central point of reference that anchors meaning. God, Man, the Imagination--these are only some of the names which the west has ascribed to its need for a transcendental signified which would fix truth to some point outside of language. Logocentrism has "always assigned the origin of truth in general to the logos; history of truth, of the truth of truth, has always been [ However, for Derrida, the epoch of The Book and its logocentric suppression of the free-play of signification, that is of writing itself, "seems to be approaching what is really its own exhaustion " 8 :. These historical shifts have been concomitant with, and indeed have paved the way for, the advent of electronic hypertext. They signal not simply the demise of the bookmark industry or relief from the dangers of papercuts, but a way of thinking about the way we organize, conceive and imagine the world in which we live. To think of the world not as a Book but as a hypertext is to conceive of it as a heterogeneous, mutable, interactive and open-ended space where meaning is inscribed between signs, between nodes , and between readers, not enclosed between the limits of a front and back cover, or anchored to some conceptual spine called the author.