April 23, 2002

Hypertext in the LA Times

In the LA Times, staff writer Susan Salter Reynolds writes about "Opening the Book on Literature's Future".

The fact checking is abysmal and shocking. In alluding to the canon of early literary hypertexts, for example, she writes:

These include William Gibson's "xanadu," a story that disintegrated bit by bit over a six-month period, and Michael Joyce's "Aftermath," the first electronic literary book with hypertext links.

The Gibson work was "Agrippa: A Book of the Dead". "Xanadu", of course, is Ted Nelson's vision for a docuverse. Joyce's was "afternoon, a story". Good grief.