The book is a cultural compact, where culture may be understood as the experience of living in a place over time. A book is an insistence upon the hope to participate in an as-yet-undefined community given material form. A book’s materiality consists of acts of reception and propagation that mark that community; its form is thus iterated, variable, embodied, and entangled. Even the most trivial books memorialize their predecessors and anticipate their successors. Still the book lives among others as an other. The best books are amiable and aspire to ekstasis, they tremble in our hands or before our eyes. The worst mean to manipulate or deform desire.

—Michael Joyce

Michael Joyce is the author of fourteen books and a number of digital works, some predating the web. His most recent novel, Media: a picaresque is forthcoming in October 2018 from Steerage Press.