The chapter argues that Ben Lerner’s 10:04 is a response to the new ontological condition of metamodernism. Not only is 10:04 deliberately playful in its mash-up of fiction and autobiography; it also encapsulates extreme levels of anxiety concerning the way twenty-first century city space and technology are now indelibly intertwined. The chapter argues that 10:04 is a kind of metamodernist thought-experiment, an attempt to formulate new ways by which prose writing can address the contemporary need for meaningful connection and affect. In 10:04 Lerner argues for new forms of creative hybridity, new assemblages of digital and non-digital entanglement, what I term postdigitality, as a means by which human dignity in the post-crash city can be reclaimed.
Jordan, S. (2021). “Totaled City”: The Postdigital Textualities of Ben Lerner’s 10:04. In A. Evans, & K. Kramer (Eds.), Time, the City, and the Literary Imagination. London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55961-8