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A review by Theodoros Chiotis for Hand + Star
Ex Machina deftly undercuts the cult of the poetic personality in its exploration of the interfacing of human and machine subjectivity. Ball’s verses are blocks of textual units commenting on other texts to which we do not readily have access: “(lines follow lines, and in the piling lines)/(a code commences to construct worlds)”. In this sense Ex Machina is not only a celebration of broken hyperlinks and 404 error messages but also a fascinating exploration of the multisequential and nonlinear process of textual production. Ball demonstrates how intertwined textuality is with our lives even when it reads as nonsense or manifests as an asignifying rupture, a corruption of meaning.
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On Reviewing: Sina Queyras interviews Jonathan Ball on Lemon Hound
Jonathan Ball and Sina Queyras discuss the practice of reviewing books in Canada. See the full interview here.
rob mclennan interviews Jonathan Ball
I don’t start working on a project for years after I get the initial idea. If I still like the idea after a few years, if I haven’t forgotten about it, if I have been turning my thoughts to it now and again and making mental notes, then maybe it’s worth doing. I sometimes take notes but in general the first draft is the notes. I’ve rewritten the same short story over and over again for years before sending it out, still making major changes in the seventh year, and then for other stories I’ve done one quick second draft a week after the first, and sent that out. Instead of developing consistent methods, I approach everything on a case-by-case basis.
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