Saturday, December 16, 1995

Q&A Sherry Turkle: Yucky Computer Cy-Dough-Plasm

First appeared in the Boston Book Review.
(Date approximate).

We think of ourselves as fluid, emergent, decentralized, multiplicitous, flexible, ever in process. All of these metaphors travel freely among computer science, psychology, cultural studies, artificial intelligence, literary criticism, molecular biology, management science, and artificial life. They carry a "sense of the times" that manifests itself in one place and then another, here as developmental psychology and there as a style of engineering, here as a description of our bodies and there as template for organizational structure, here as a way to build a computer network and there as a manifesto of political ideals.

HB: How did you happen to discover yucky computer cy-dough-plasm?

Friday, December 1, 1995

Q&A Norman Mailer: Tough Fights

Originally appeared in The Boston Book Review
Vol.2 #8, 1995

     Oswald was a secret agent. There is no doubt about that. The only matter unsettled is whether he was working for any service larger than the power centers in the privacy of his mind.
     From Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery (1995)

HB: It's important to you, in Oswald's Tale, to see Oswald as something more than "a snarling little wife abuser." You write, "If such a non-entity destroyed the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, then a world of disproportion engulfs us, and we live in a universe that is absurd."

Again and again in Oswald's Tale, you equate that absurdity with postmodernism.

NM: I hate postmodernism.