electronic literature

frequently asked questions about hypertext

As I was gone on Friday, I did some poking around on the electronic literature collection myself and found Frequently Asked Questions About Hypertext. The work parodies the form of an FAQ website with the purpose of informing its user about different aspects of hypertext.

frustration

As soon as I saw Hayles' essay, I realized that I was supposed to read it online. The contents and endnotes all are hyperlinked. After five or so pages, though, my eyes cried mutiny. I much prefer reading on paper than on screen (I wonder how cultural vs. biological this is). I then read the print-out in front of the computer, which I used to access all the texts Hayles refers to. This worked for a time, but, with the sun shining merrily, I gave up and took the print-out outside.

Stories in Tattoos

Shelley Jackson experiments with new ways to write. One of her recent projects is called "Skin" -- a story in tattoos on the bodies of 2095 volunteers. Her website has links to other experiments, such as a collaboration with her sister about dolls. She is particularly interested in the the spatial aspect of writing, using different areas (such as the web or human skin) to express her ideas.

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