HYPER/TEXT: An Introduction

““Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.)” by Felix Gonzalez-Torres via The Art Institute of Chicago

The digital world is a miraculous thing. From an endless flow of cat photos, to sketchy streaming sites, to a rat themed dating sim made by Algorat, the online sphere is ever expanding. But for every adorable kitten or dream rat date, there are a hundred snippets of discourse, op-eds, and subtweets designed to keep people anxiously rooted to their screens. How does one approach all of the perils and pitfalls of being queer and chronically online?

Out of this frantic confusion came Fox Auslander, whose cartoonified visage is tattooed on the leg of a stranger, seeking to answer these questions in their column HYPER/TEXT!

HYPER/TEXT, formerly hosted by Theta Wave, is moving over to TERSE. for biweekly publication! The first column entry, edited specifically for TERSE., will be published later this month, and you can expect the answers to your very own questions starting this August!

In hir own words, HYPER/TEXT is a queer advice column for the digital age: a space for subcultural dilemmas that leave offline friends scratching their heads.

Should you block your best friend over lesbian discourse? What on Earth is a “kinnie?” Check in biweekly for answers to these questions and more as we explore the lives of the hyper-online!

Got questions? Submit them anonymously HERE or non-anonymously to hypertextterse@gmail.com.

Fox Auslander is a nonbinary poet born, raised, and based in Philadelphia. They are a chapbook editor at LUPERCALIApress, one of three co-lead poetry editors at Alien Magazine, and one of two co-editors at Delicate Friend. Find them on Instagram @circumgender.

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