If you’ve managed to forget that the second volume of Interfictions is being released later this fall, I certainly haven’t. We’re getting ready to start posting our Annex stories online, as we lead up to the publication date of the book itself, but today, over at the Interstitial Arts Foundation’s website, you can already take a look at the introduction to the book, written by Henry Jenkins, the Provost’s Professor of Communications, Journalism, and Cinematic Art at the University of Southern California. Previously, and very recently, he served at the co-founder of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT. Henry’s written a really great intro to the book, which I will excerpt here:
“Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.”– Groucho Marx
Let’s start with some basic premises:
- I do not belong in this book.
- The contributors also do not belong.
- You, like Groucho Marx, wouldn’t want to belong even if you could. Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t have picked up this book in the first place.
Let me explain. The editors of most anthologies seek stories which “fit” within prescribed themes, genres, and topics; the editors of this book have gone the opposite direction – seeking stories that don’t fit anywhere else, stories that are as different from each other as possible. And that’s really cool if the interstitial is the kind of thing you are into.
At the heart of the interstitial arts movement (too formal), community (too exclusive), idea (too idealistic?), there is the simple search for stories that don’t rest comfortably in the cubbyholes we traditionally use to organize our cultural experiences.”