The evening was great on the whole. 10 different projects were showcased
for the gathered crowd of writers and technologists. We learned a lot about
the field, from the beginnings of hypertext, represented by the leonine Michael
Joyce, author of Afternoon, to
cutting-edge projects like Stuart Moulthrops 3-D landscape-cum-random
text generator narrative thingie, Reagan Library.
This heres Bill Bly. Hes one our favorite hypertext people.
Hes not only smart, hes also mellow to the point of zen, plays
a mean guitar, and has a certain joyful glow about him that calms everyone
room hes in. He was showing off his hypertext We Descend, which
he wrote several years back and is now updating with new tools.
Scott hung out with Bill at the Cybermountain conference a couple months after Brown, and while sipping a beer on the porch in the twilight against the background of the front range, Bill said that, to him, five things are important in life:
Falling in Love, and caring for your children (if thats your thing)
Taking care of your elders and anyone else who needs help
Making beautiful things
This fellah here goes by the name of Stuart Moulthrop. Hes
real smart and influential both on the theoretical and on the writing
side of hypertextor cybertext, hes calling it now. Moulthrop
showed off this kind of crazy VRML piece called Reagan Library, the
latest in his decade-long series of experiments
in digital literature. Stuart also recently wrote a very lucid and engaging
online keynote address for the Cybermountain conference, in which
he takes what, from an academic perspective, is a fairly courageous stance,
telling the writers of the future to learn from comic books and video
games as they create in this new medium.
The lady looking up at what appears to be an empty screen (interesting thing
about hypertexts, they dont want to be photographed) is Deena Larsen,
a very energetic and innovative hypertext writer. She was showing a hypertext
short story she got published in the Iowa Review called "Ferris Wheels."
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