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Interview with Joel Weishaus in Rain Taxi


The third instalment of the Summer 2010 online edition of the literary journal Rain Taxi is now online at http://www.raintaxi.com/online/2010summer/, and it includes an interview which I conducted earlier this year with the new media writer, poet, scholar and philosopher Joel Weishaus. The starting-point for the interview is Joel's most recent complete work, The Gateless Gate (http://www.cddc.vt.edu/host/weishaus/Gate-R/Cover-R.htm), but it goes on to cover his other work, his artistic techniques, his influences and his introduction to new media writing back in the 1990s.

"Despite his experiments with HTML, Weishaus' writing has always retained a strong connection with traditional literature. His latest work, 'The Gateless Gate', is deliberately simple and book-like in its construction; it takes the form of a series of “double-page spreads,” with text on the left and a processed photographic image on the right. The texts do not describe the images and the images do not illustrate the texts, but they do share the same thematic preoccupations—notably dream-imagery, the natural world, prehistory, and prehistoric psychology."


- Edward Picot
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