Chicagoan John Hospodka's book "South Side Trilogy: A Literary Picture Show" is not really a book at all. Instead, it's a wide-ranging "sensory experience" that employs video, original music, audio monologues, illustrations and even a slide show to trace the colorful lives of characters from a fictional Chicago neighborhood.
For now, it can be purchased (for $6.99) and viewed only on iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones through the iTunes bookstore.
Its creator, Hospodka, is the founder of Bridgeport-based Bohemian Pupil Press, which publishes the online-only "Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag." With "Trilogy," he's striving to spark "a new dialogue by presenting a unique theory regarding the potential new labor of the writer."
Hospodka is also interested in developing ways "by which multimedia can be ingratiated into the author's literary coding."
"Though this new mode presents itself at base as an enhanced eBook, an instrument of multimedia containing illustration/art, audio, video, and more, it moves beyond format by conveying a new challenge, a new idea, to the poet's craft," he wrote recently.
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