Night Crawlers on the Web.
Granary Books & JAB Books, 2001. Item #GB_83
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 in., 26 pp., wrappers.
Johanna Drucker is well known for her remarkable artist’s books which treat text as image and construct elaborate narratives replete with scholarly reference and autobiography. Night Crawlers on the Web was written in the late winter of 1999–2000 in Charlottesville, inspired by new friends and colleagues at the University of Virginia, to whom the book is dedicated. It evokes another of Johanna Drucker’s passions—the Victorian novel. Here she paints a somewhat Gothic landscape peopled with hi-tech, lo-cal humanoids who speak in a language built largely around the ubiquity of consumer computers. Words like “mode”, “display”, “browser”, and “pixel” proliferate as our protagonist wills an intangible cyberlover into existence. Somewhat reminiscent of William S. Burroughs, this is a humorous and imaginative romp through the looking glass which seems to mediate a great many of our daily lives.
Illustrated in black and white with whimsical drawings. This is from an edition of 1000 copies in wrappers. Out-of-print. Fine.
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Pictured: cover; pp. 4–5 and 12–13.