Isn't it... Rich? SULAIR's Holeton Wins NEA Writing Fellowship

PICT0035.JPGRichard Holeton, Director of Academic Computing and a longtime SULAIR colleague, is one of just four California authors to win a major creative writing fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts last week.

The Stanford News Service's Dish has published a very nice little interview with Rich on the occasion of his prize.

In case you haven't read any of Rich's fiction, now's a great time to do so. In addition to his classic and critically-acclaimed 1998 hypertext novel on CD-ROM, Figurski at Findhorn on Acid, you can see a list of works at Rich's website. Many of these are available online, including the two stories for which he was awarded the NEA fellowship, "Thanks for Covering Your Lane" and "Product Placement."

But if you'd like to start with something short (under 10 minutes!) and (deceptively) simple, I recommend the laughter-through-tears deadpan of Rich's piece of "presentation [a.k.a. PowerPoint] fiction,"
"Custom Orthotics Changed My Life," published in the journal Kairos, 14.2. Not only is it an experiment in an all-new genre for the digital age, this fiction is also a brilliant critique of modern technology-enhanced communications: he's like Edward Tufte, only funnier.

Warmest congratulations to Rich!

Image of and by Rich Holeton, 2006. Creative Commons License

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