Essay in de Revisor: Een beetje / een beetje



Voor het prachtige Leugenaars-nummer van Revisor schreef ik een essay over de leugenachtige dubbelganger die rondzwerft in het aggregaat van je digitale data. Of is zij misschien meer waarachtig dan ikzelf, omdat ze niet of / of hoeft te zijn, maar altijd een beetje / een beetje blijft?


Notes on digital detox

The discussion on digital detox has been going on for some time now, also in the Netherlands, and is doesn’t look like it’s going away soon. After talking about the shortcomings in the detox-discourse, Geert Lovink asked me to write down my thoughts on the issue. Below is the result (published originally on the INC blog).

The phenomenon of digital detox is annoying. Obviously, it fights only the symptoms and not what lies behind them, the causes of perpetual distraction, loss of concentration, burn-outs and so on. It’s the easy way out, but in my view it’s a way out that turns out to be a dead-end. There are a couple of reasons why. “Notes on digital detox” verder lezen

Literary Writing on the Web: 10 excellent examples & personal favorites of new writing online

screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-09-50-10‘How do we write when we write online?’ is the question asked by the first item on this list and by the list as a whole. We write a lot online; that’s for sure. Of course, there are discussions about the mobile phone destroying our sense of grammar, about image-biased media overturning the craft of writing, whether moving or not, and about whole populations no longer able to read books or, for that matter, anything over a thousand words.

Still, written language is very much alive on the internet, and day in day out, we write hundreds of words on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter, and so on. What does this do to the kind of language with a deep interest in language – namely the language of literature? The web must have some effect on literary writing, right? Literary writing is bound to transform in a digital context, no? Below, I’ve collected what I consider the best writing on online (literary) writing. It’s not about e-books, digital narratives or science fiction; it’s about good old Literature as found in that sphere of a medium: the Internet.

Find the contextualised list over at As We Read

Shadowbook in The Torist

torist-coverThe Torist is een nieuw literair tijdschrift uit de VS, gehost op Tor, de browser die je anoniem over het internet laat surfen. De redactie noemt het ‘what we believe to be the first dark web literary magazine’ – en heeft in haar eerste nummer een verhaal van mij opgenomen, Shadowbook.

Het wordt gerubriceerd onder ‘fictie’, of het dat ook is laat ik in het midden. Uit het redactioneel: ‘Miriam Rasch blurs the lines between short story, flash fiction and prose poem in her beautifully written Shadowbook.’

Een viervoudig debuut dus: fictie, in het Engels, in Amerika, op het dark web.

Om te lezen installeer je eerst Tor (zie hier) en ga je vervolgens naar deze link waar de pdf te downloaden is: http://toristinkirir4xj.onion/the-torist-issue-1-goes-live/

Of stuur me een berichtje.

Radio-interview ‘In de platenkast van…’

Najaar 2015 was ik te gast bij het Amsterdamse radioprogramma ‘In de platenkast van…’ waar ik mijn favoriete muziek mocht draaien en met Pieter Tinbergen sprak over media, privacy, filosofie, Denemarken, boeken maken en boeken schrijven. Luister het hierboven terug, zonder de muziek – die is natuurlijk ook gewoon op Spotify te vinden.

Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler
Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger
Sex Witch – Helelyos
Fumaca Preta – Amor Tece Dor
Daniel Rossen – Golden Mile
(Extra: Jackson Scott – Broken Record Repeat)

Real-time autobiography: presentation @ Mix Digital 3, Bath Spa University, July 2nd 2015

Real-Time Autobiography: Autofiction and Autofiction

‘Autofiction’ has been named as ‘the future of the novel’ again, based on the work of authors such as Ben Lerner, Karl Ove Knausgård and Sheila Heti. The mid-20th century term takes on a new meaning by operating explicitly in the context of a digitalised environment. It bears the notion of self-referentiality but also one of automation – while at the same time echoing the surrealist concept of automatic writing. As such, an understanding of autofiction as ‘real-time autobiography’ can tie the concept of ‘uncreative writing’ and remix culture to digital writing as self-expression, as seen in the context of blogging and social media.

Investigating Longforms in a Research Context

In preparation for the new longform series the INC started a research into the genres of longform or longread. Miriam presented the project during a lunch meeting for co-workers in the research center of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. You can find the slides and notes on the website of the PublishingLab and below. Interested in finding out more? Contact

Longread investigation “Investigating Longforms in a Research Context” verder lezen