Our very own Mr. Hanson-Finger sent me to this very cool companion website for the new Paul La Farge book, Luminous Airplanes. La Farge says this new work of his falls under the genre of “hyperromance” a term that harkens back to the “hypertext” novels of the late 80’s and 90’s. He claims the reason they failed was because the writers of hypertext novels never got beyond the gimmick; I think it may have more to do with the differences in technology between now and then, and how much more we rely on the internet as a whole. But I digress.
The website for the book is really great. It is beautiful, well designed and easy to navigate. On top of which, Gary Shteyngart has said some very complimentary things: “He (Le Farge) has created as thoroughly imagined a world as you would expect from Chekhov or Flaubert…” Damn. Either way, it will be interesting to see if any other authors try their hand at the “hyperromance”.