City Fish

By J.R. Carpenter

“City Fish” tells a traveling story of a girl named Lynne’s summer holiday with her Aunt, Uncle, and Cousins in New York City. Coming from her coastal home in Nova Scotia, the girl finds herself out of place in the city and strangely identifying with a fish selected from a China Town street vendor and destined for her family’s dinner table. In her description of “City Fish,” J.R. Carpenter notes that it “represents asynchronous relationships between people, places, perspectives, and times through a horizontally scrolling browser window suggestive of a panorama, a diorama, a horizon, a skyline, a time line, a Torah scroll.” Indeed, “City Fish” suggests a linear resistance to its own linearity. The narrative is composed of the fragments of Lynne’s (and others’) traveling experience, including street maps that should tell readers where they but which, instead, disorient.

Swipe the touch screen right to left (or vice versa) to proceed along the story path (or return to a previous locale). Touch arrows, stars, video boxes to access the scraps and pieces that provide the texture of  the journey.

Author’s biographical notes
in “40 WORDS:
J. R. Carpenter is a Canadian artist, writer, researcher, performer and maker of maps, zines, books, poetry, short fiction, long fiction, non-fiction, and non-linear, intertextual, hypermedia, and computer-generated narratives. She lives in South Devon, England.”
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Other works by this author
Please visit J. R. Carpenter’s Web Site

Image Source: City Fish Sidebar Image. From “City Fish” by J.R. Carpenter. Screenshot by Kristine Kelly 4 April 2015.

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