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2002. 2002: A Palindrome Story in 2002 Words Nick Montfort & William Gillespie A collaboratively-authored narrative palindrome 2002 A book designed by Ingrid Ankerson with plates by Shelley Jackson The palindrome is online with extensive notes /2002

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This curiously beautiful volume is the definitive edition of 2002: a Palindrome Story. ISBN: 0-9724244-9-0. 4 by 4 inches. 24 pages. Perfect bound with vellum plates and wraps. Distributed by Spineless Books. 01-10-2002 $16.
Drawn Inward. Drawn Inward Mike Maguire Poetry, Palindromes, Word Palindromes, Redividers, Poems About Trains 2003 Book designed by Nick Montfort HTML /drawn
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Drawn Inward is a collection of poetry comprising four sections: Word Palindromes, Charades, Palindromes, and Poems about Trains. ISBN: 0-9724244-3-1. 6 by 9 inches. 52 pages. Perfect bound. Distributed by Ingram. 12-21-2003 $10.01.
Fourier Series, by Joshua Corey. Fourier Series Joshua Corey A poetry cycle 2005 A beautiful book with a spine and French Revolution folds PDF, MP3 /fourier
Fourier Series won the Fitzpatrick-O'Dinn Award for Best Book Length Work of Constrained English Literature. ISBN 0-9724244-4-X. 7.5 by 9 inches. 102 pages. Perfect bound, with French Revolution folds. Distributed by Spineless Books. 07-05-2005 $16.
here/gone, by Karen Green here/gone: AN ABC FLIP BOOK FOR GROWN-UPS Karen Green 52 phosphorescent paintings zipping and unzipping the alphabet 2008 An invertible bi-directional 52-page full-color artist's book in paperback or hardback   /heregone  
This invertible flip-book consists of two opposing narratives, each 26 mixed media artworks corresponding to the letters of the alphabet. ISBN 978-0-9801392-4-2. 8.5 by 8.5 inches. 52 color pages. Perfect bound. Distributed by Spineless Books. 10-12-2008 $26.
Johnny Werd: The Fire Continues. Johnny Werd Q. Synopsis A novel 1991-2004 A novel paperback and hardback, cover by Andrew Byrom

Frustrating excerpt & confused appendices

/werd Pure entertainment
Experimental novel retelling the story of a boy and his fire. Cover by Andrew Byrom. ISBN 0-9724244-1-5 Cloth / ISBN 0-9724244-2-3 Paper. 5.5 by 8.5 inches. 136 pages. Distributed by Ingram. 21-01-2003 $25.
Letter to Lamont, by William Gillespie. Letter to Lamont William Gillespie Fiction 2005 A green paperback HTML /letter
A surrealist feast for romantic fools pours through your letterbox. Cover art by Scott Westgard. ISBN: 0-9724244-5-8. 6 by 9 inches. 88 pages. Perfect bound. Distributed by Ingram. 07-03-2005. $10.
Letter to Lamont, by William Gillespie. Lost Ciizen William Gillespie Poetry 2008 Light blue paperback   /lostcitizen  
Lost Citizen: Selected Poems 1995-2003 is a survey of the millennial poetry of William Gillespie, edited by Stephanie Strickland. Cover art by Scott Westgard. ISBN 978-0-9801392-0-46 by 9 inches. 63 pages. Perfect bound. Distributed by Ingram. 02-20-2008. $10.
Mars Needs Lunch Jimmy Crater Fiction 2006 Crimson paperback Flash /mars  
"as men busied themselves with making their bread they were scrutinised and studied... as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise yeast." ISBN: 0-9724244-8-2. 6 by 9 inches. 48 pages. Perfect bound. Distributed by Ingram. 01-04-2006. $10
Mr. and Mrs. Hide, by Natalija Grgorinic and Ognjen Raden. Mr. & Mrs. Hide Natalija Grgorinic & Ognjen Raden A collaborative novel 2009 Mustard paperback PDF excerpt / movie / radio interview /hide  
A writing duo from an unnamed country immigrate to Los Angeles and have trouble assimilating California, and, at times, each other. ISBN: 978-0-9801392-1-1. 5 by 6.75 inches. 204 pages. Perfect bound. Distributed by Spineless Books. 02-14-2009. $14
Steal Stuff From Work, by Jasper Pierce Steal Stuff From Work Jasper Pierce A novel and handbook 2008 A red or blue paperback and black hardback PDF excerpt / bookglutton / interview with the author steal
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Steal Stuff From Work is a novel about bad waiters who take things too far. ISBN: 978-0-9801392-2-8. 6 by 9 inches. 132 pages. Perfect bound. Distributed by Ingram. 01-09-2008. $11.11
Letter to Lamont, by William Gillespie. Story of the Sparrow Ray Federman Fiction 2003 Signed, lettered booklet HTML /namredef  
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A story by Raymond Federman with an original intervention by Spineless Books, printed on acid-free lingin-free Canson Mi-Tientes paper in an edition of 26 copies, signed by Federman, lettered A-Z. 5 by 8 inches. 4 pages. Pamphlet. Distributed by Spineless Books. $26.
The Story That Teaches You How to Write It The Story That Teaches You How To Write It William Gillespie Simultaneous essay and story: theory and practice of experimental fiction 2005 A purple book with a spine PDF excerpt /don
Teaches you how to write it
On the left-hand pages in numerous forms a story of students in love. On the right-hand pages an essay explaining the forms used. ISBN: 0-9724244-0-7. 6 by 9 inches. 80 pages. Perfect bound. Distributed by Ingram. 13-03-2005. $10.
Table of Forms. Table of Forms Dominique Fitzpatrick-O'Dinn An exploration of new poetic form & constraint-driven literature 1996-2006 A blue paperback and hardback HTML /table Teaches you how to write it
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Collection of experimental, ludic, constraint-driven poetry; puzzle book; and writing manual. Cloth: ISBN 0-9724244-6-6 / Paper: ISBN 0-9724244-7-4. 6 by 9 inches. 136 pages. Clothbound. Distributed by Ingram. 12-31-2006. $25.
Transcriptions. Transcriptions from a Blank Book Dirk Stratton a poem   Tall book published by Dandelion HTML /transcriptions  
Transcriptions From a Blank Book, by Dirk Stratton. 4.25 x 11 inches. 24 pages. Saddle-Stitched chapbook. Published by Dandelion Press. 2007. $4.
With Hidden Noise
Dirk Stratton A story about the most cerebral art theft of the Twentieth Century 2001 Limited signed edition of 26 copies HTML /with
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A story about a dada art theft published in an edition of 26 signed copies lettered A-Z. 8.5 by 8.5 inches. 26 pages. Spiral bound. Distributed by Spineless Books. 20-02-2002. $7.
Bang Utot Bang Utot Dave King, Rick Burkhardt, Joe Futrelle Authentic psychedelic art-folk 1986 /
CD   /daveking  
Bang Utot, by Dave King, is authentic psychedelic art-folk with excursions in blues piano and the Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard. With music by Dave King, Rick Burkhardt, & Joe Futrelle. Digitally remastered by Paul Kotheimer. CD. 12 songs. About 45 minutes. $10.00. Published by Invertebrate Records.

Books Distributed by Spineless Books

Function Industry Press Books

Bermuda Love Triangle. Invisible Seattle Notebook.
The Bermuda Love Triangle, by Tom Grothus. ISBN 0-930257-06-5. 4.75 by 3.5 inches. 48 pages. Perfect bound. Published by Function Industries. 1988. $6. Invisible Seattle, by Seattle. ISBN 0-930257-05-7. 5.5 by 8.5 inches. 246 pages. Perfect bound. Published by Function Industries. 2007. $20. Notebook, by Tom Grothus. 4.75 by 3.5 inches. 16+ pages. Perfect bound. Published by Function Industries. 1988. $4.

NeoPepper Chapbooks

Without weight of light. Dead Aria. Here, hunger. Sequence /Series. Welcome Home.

Without Weight of Light, by Guy Bennett. 6 by 9 inches. 35 pages. Saddle-stitched chapbook. Published by NeoPepper. 2006. $10. Dead Aria, by William Gillespie. 6 by 9 inches. 38 pages. Saddle-stitched chapbook. Published by NeoPepper. 2007. $10. Here, Hunger, by Sarah Lilius & Erin M. Bertram. 6 by 9 inches. 32 pages.Saddle-stitched chapbook. Published by NeoPepper. 2007. $10. A Sequence/A Series, by Dirk Stratton. 6 by 9 inches. ISBN: 978-0-9788407-7-8. Invertible saddle-stitched flipbook. 33 pages. Published by NeoPepper in a limited edition of 50 numbered copies. 2008. $11. Welcome Home, by Samuel Wharton. 6 by 9 inches. 32 pages. Saddle-stitched chapbook. Published by NeoPepper. 2007. $10.

Cybernetics Texts

Cybernetics of Cybernetics Experience and Action. An Unfinished Revolution? Experience and Action. Experience and Action. Gordon Pask.
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Cybernetics of Cybernetics. 8.5 x 11 inches. 497 pages. ISBN 0964704412: Perfect bound, $100. Political Faces of Slovenia. Niko Tos, Karl H. Müller [Ed.] 6 by 9 inches. Case laminate hardback with illustrations. Published by Editions Echoraum (Vienna); distributed by Spineless Books. 2007. $33. Preface by Janez Potocnik [European Commissioner for Science and Research.] An Unfinished Revolution? Heinz von Foerster and the Biological Computer Laboratory (BCL), 1958–1976. Albert Müller & Karl Müller, eds. 6 by 9 inches. Case laminate hardback with illustrations. Published by Editions Echoraum (Vienna); distributed by Spineless Books. 2007. $39. Experience and Action. Richard Jung. 6 by 9 inches. Case laminate hardback with illustrations. Published by Editions Echoraum (Vienna); distributed by Spineless Books. 2007. $33. The Importance of Being Ernst: Festschrift for Ernst von Glasersfeld . Ranulph Glanville & Alexander Riegler [Ed.].6 by 9 inches. Case laminate hardback with illustrations. Published by Editions Echoraum (Vienna); distributed by Spineless Books. 2007. $39. Gordon Pask, Philosopher Mechanic: An Introduction to the Cybernetician's Cybernetician. Ranulph Glanville & Karl H. Müller [Ed.]. 6 by 9 inches. Case laminate hardback with illustrations. Published by Editions Echoraum (Vienna); distributed by Spineless Books. 2007. $33.

Spineless Books Online Literature
Electronic Literature F.U.Q.

books with spines title who what when print electronic url interactivity
11,112,006,825,558,016 Sonnets 11, 112, 006, 825, 558, 016 Sonnets William Gillespie & William Shakespeare 11, 112, 006, 825, 558, 016 Sonnets 1999 After Queneau's CGI   Dynamic
20 Consonant Poetry. 20-Consonant Poetry You A form of serial poetry, based on 12-tone music 1993-? Has to happen

Poetry + Art


/20 Jade Quill
5 Writers on September 11, 2002 Raymond Federman, Joe Futrelle, Kurt Heintz, Dirk Stratton, Chandra Vega Reflections on terrorism 2002 Poetry + MP3s /911
Arrangement for Scrap Metal Tom Grothus Performance 2001   Score and notes /grothus Perform
The Assassination of Roy's Suspended Disbelief The Assassination of Roy's Suspended Disbelief Q.Synopsis collage novel 1990 Xerox edition unavailable on Ebay HTML /roy  
Book Views   Views on recently read books 2002-?   HTML /book
Providence. Car Alarms of Providence   Music with kinetic poetry 2003   Flash /providence
Clowns of War Q. Synopsis Play 1991   Script /clowns
Cybernetics of Cybernetics Cybernetics of Cybernetics Ashby, Bateson, Beer, Brün, Hardin, Maturana, McCulloch, Pask, Powers, von Foerster, Wiener, et al. Scholarly anthology 1975 Hardback, paperback   /cybernetics /cybernetics Book includes Parabook & Metabook
Eclectic Seizure Eclectic Seizure Radio Theater Collective. Radio show 1990-?  

MP3s, Essays, scripts

The Ed Report The Ed Report Ed Commission Serial fiction for the Web 2000 Probably illegal HTML edreport.com
Mark Enslin         /enslin  
The Executor, by William Gillespie and Nick Montfort. The Executor William Gillespie and Nick Montfort Kinetic fiction 2005   Java / Processing /executor  
The Story of the Sparrow. Federman Collection Raymond Federman Folk tale 2002 The Story of the Sparrow: limited edition of 26 copies signed by Federman The Federman Collection /namredef Listen to Federman
Texts by Alain Frontier / Translations by Raymond Federman Alain Frontier, Raymond Federman   2002        
Gaston: The Rejected Editor Raymond Federman And you thought you were bitter Friday, 1995        
Fear Hierarchy Jan Pettit poem 2003        
Interview with Godot Raymond Federman interview with a famous character 2002        
My Tor-Mentor Raymond Federman   16 July 1942       a riddle
Flat Books Rick Burkhardt & Andy Gricevich, Mark Twain, et al. Flat books 2002-? Limited Edition oddities   /flat
Mail art
From the Editors' Skulls -Ed. Rants 2002-?   HTML /skull


Ernest Vincent Wright A Novel of Over 50,000 Words Without the Letter "E" 1939 Happened once, will happen again HTML /gadsby Write a lipogram
THF. The Help File Nick Montfort Electronic magical self-help realism 1999 Mail order disc Download /help
The Hunting of the Snark Lewis Carroll Epic poem     HTML /snark  
Interviews           HTML /interviews  
Invisible Literature: Poetry by Prisoners. Invisible Literature Prisoners Poetry 2004-2006 Make a zine HTML /invisible literature Write the author a letter
Invisible Seattle Seattle Collaborative writing, utopian thought 1987 Function Industries Book Excerpt online /invisible seattle  
Nel Mezzo della Vita. A Kind Word Alone Rob Swigart Postmodern detective novella 1997 Nel Mezzo Della Vita book HTML    
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Gamma testers wanted
Letter to Linus Letter to Linus William Gillespie A hypercube 2001   HTML /letter
  Listen           /ears  
Literature Laboratory   Literature Laboratory     HTML /litlab Writing experiments you can attempt
Variations on a Plot Curve William Gillespie Fiction 1994   HTML /plot
Mail Art     2003- Mail art   /mail
Experiments Bernadette Mayer Writing experiments timeless   HTML, MP3 /mayer Write
The McCaffery Collection, by Larry. McCaffery Archive Larry McCaffery Avant-Criticism Canonical, baby, timeless Old school HTML /mccaffery Borrego
I d:dr't lnow E~,n,~lish!–Ways to Fail, Dub Mix, Part I a story by Raymond Federman, faithlessly transcribed by McCaffery 1998 [unintelligible]      
Re-Double or Nothing avant-criticism bridge column 1998        

Some Reflections of "Processed Narratives" and David Blair's Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees

Sign-Processed Hypertextual Critical Narrative / interview with David Blair 1994


The Velvet Rims of Derek Pell's X-Textual "Hod Rod" Avant criticism 1993        

White Noise / White Heat

How the postmodern turn in rock music led to nothing but road 1990/ 2000        
Keeler. Mechanics and Kinematics of Web-Work Plot Construction Harry Stephen Keeler Writing Manual for Web-Work Fiction 1928 Appeared in print in 1928 HTML /keeler Learn to write unpublishable fiction
  Oblique Strategies Brian Eno Artistic prompts ?   CGI   Compose
Perform       Scripts and Scores   /perform Perform
Los Poetas y el General Edited by Eva Goldschmidt Wyman Poems by Chileans living under Pinochet 2002 LOM Ediciones, 2002. ISBN: 956-282-491-8 Poems by Fernando Alegría, Oscar Hahn, David Valjalo. /poetas Know history
  Prettygood           /prettygood  
Nel Mezzo della Vita. Rebellion of the People's Republic of the Southeastern Heights Joe Sprague Meditative spasms for adult adolescents 1999 Nel Mezzo Della Vita book HTML, CGI /rebellion Random
Rock geek chic. Rock Geek Chic William Gillespie & Crystalline Scoggins rock scholarship 2008-   HTML / MP3 rock
sit back and listen
Theater Therapy. Theater Therapy Rick Burkhardt, William Gillespie, Joe Futrelle, Mark Enslin A stage play for four performers 1992   The script, with a critical introduction /theater
Audience participation is discouraged
The Theoretical Posture Dr. Pandarus A tract written to welcome Derrida to Stanford 2002 Nel Mezzo Della Vita book Excerpts online    
Trade Names. Trade Names William Gillespie, Nick Montfort A strip book, homage to Queneau 2002 Limited signed edition of 58 copies HTML /trade
Unfinished Revolution. An Unfinished Revolution? Albert Müller & Karl Müller, eds. Heinz von Foerster & the Biological Computer Laboratory 2007 A beautifully done hardbound book Chapters online /cybernetics  
The Unknown: an Anthology Authors Unknown The red herring of the award-winning hypertext novel 1998-2002 A book of poetry & fiction The Great American Hypertext Novel unknown
Many readers got to drink with the writers around the turn of the millennium
Disc Golf Tour. The Unknown: Disc Golf Tour   Disc Golf Course Reviews 2002-?   HTML /discgolftour Go throw
Theory. Theory of the Unknown William Gillespie Literary Criticism and Theory 1995-?   HTML /theory Read a book
Canada wins the Oulipcs         /oulipics  

Sure Do Wish You’d Get Ye One of These Here Taters

On Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree 1997   HTML /theory
Indices to the novel
The Beer underneath all this Metafictional Foam: Metaphor in Book Reviews of Infinite Jest   1996   HTML /theory
The War Prayer. The War Prayer Mark Twain Story about current events 1905 A postcard

PDF, HTML, Flash

Think & act
William Gillespie's Home Page. William Page William Gillespie and heteronyms The publisher's home page 1998-   HTML /william Understand the man
Word Work. The Whole University Catalog Heinz von Foerster and his students An authentic zine and time capsule expressing the spirit of college life in 1969 1969 Very rare PDF /whole
Take drugs, listen to the Beatles, and do engineering equations
Word Work. Wordwork   An electronic literature laboratory 1999 Over it HTML word
Does dynamic count as interactive? Does multisequential?


Associated Poets (AP)

Poetry about events in the news 1996-2005     www. newspoetry .com Write it
  Primer Newspoetry ABCs 1999   CGI   Recreate the day's headlines in a newspoem
...and you arrive with your psychoses Portrait of America 1999        
Chicken Soup for Your Corporate Ass Chicken Soup for your Corporate Ass Hypertext: moral nourishment for transnationals Newspoem 1999 /chickensoup HTML    
Dow Jones and Union Carbide to Merge Hypertext Newspoem 1999   HTML    
Khazak Launch Ban Threatens Mir Khazak Launch Ban Threatens Mir Concrete newspoetry Newspoem 1999   JPG    
The Mayor of the Moon The Mayor of the Moon is Interested in Development   1999        
The Wordwork Witch Project Newspoetry Witch Project Hypertext 1999  
OMNIFESTO Omnifesto Electronic literature manifesto 1999   JPG /omnifesto  
Sequence Sequence Poetry slideshow 1999   Push /sequence Automated
Tinyman for President Tinyman for President Hypertext 2000        

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