It’s that magical weaving of technology with childhood reminiscence that makes B.J. Best’s prose poetry book But Our Princess Is In Another Castle (Rose Metal Press, 2013) so engaging. I first caught wind of Best’s new book through a Q&A piece in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas.
For anyone who questions the validity of categorizing video games as a contemporary art form Best’s opinions are essential reading. He identifies the abstract and surrealist underpinnings of classic video games and points out that he’s not the only one who considers them modern art; in late 2012 New York’s Museum of Modern Art announced a new initiative to collect and exhibit classic video games that it considered significant in terms of art and design.