Not that this was anything approaching an all-work-and-no-play type of arrangement.
Socialization is important for community-building, and all, and, in certain
scenes of the hypertext, wed established a mystique that we
felt a certain team-oriented necessity to fulfill in person for the only group
of people wed likely ever encounter who were actually fans of
hypertext (our actual lives are, in fact, normally quite tame). So Dirk cashed
in the remainder of his student loan at a liquor store in Kentucky before
the trip, and we partied like rock stars.
We spent a lot of time there in the Brown Graduate Bar. Theyve got their own bar on campus thats better than the off-campus bars, man, theyve got pool tables and great beers on tap. It was an ideal atmosphere for the Unknown.
And then there were the bottles of expensive liquor back in the suite. Our mission
was to ply publishers representatives with liquor to make them like us
so they would publish The Unknown, the anthology, or the hypertext, or
some variation thereof. Well, we havent seen the contract yet, but we did
get some folks drunk. We tried to keep quiet but a couple folks woke up anyway.
Weeks afterwards, we would agonize that we woke up theorist Jay Bolters
wife. Were not really sure, anyway, sorry about that, if that was you,
and Mrs. Bolter, but we were trying to talk about the future, and, you know,
the future cant always wait until the morning.
The people at Brown were very good to us, and the food was magnificent.
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