Deena Larsen's web bookshelf in more or less in reverse chronological order...
A little commitment here
for something a little more involved: something I can understand quickly,
but will take some time to unravel.
take anywhere from several hours to several weeks to read.
Springs, Disappearing Rain, and E:Electron (with Geoffrey Gatza) and Princess
Murderers (with geniwaite)
are at this level.
- Serge Bouchardon's Loss of Grasp uses sound, touch, and navigation to follow loves and lives. (2011)
- Aaron Reed maybe make some change shows how limited a soldier's choices can be.
- Sara Sloan Bailey's Factography: A series of interwoven stories that range from the vagaries of Texas anti-sodomy laws to struggling waitresses (2008)
- NOT WORKING Stuart Moulthrop's Radio Salience provides a rambling musing on designs when the reader puts the images together. (images, game navigation) (2007)
- Mark Marino's Marginalia in the Library of Babel provides a static and dynamic commented tour of the library of Babel musings found on the web. (pop up commentary, original text and outside websites) (2007) REQUIRES FLASH 8 AND FIREFOX
- Heather Raikes' The Wave: a flash work with a series of circle symbols across the top leading to pages of poetry and meditations on extensions of souls. (2007)
- Stephanie Strickland's Slipping Glimpses (2007) places evocative poems for water to read—as the words float and move with the water—as well as the reader to control in the screen below the water. (click scroll text)
- Jason Nelson's Between Treacherous Objects navigate texts between spaces such as the deathbed and the fridge. (2006) (game navigation)
Morrisey's Jew's Daughter. This is a lovely lyrical work that breaks "in the middle" where the edges of text remain the same after crossing a link. Takes
some time to read through carefully.
Carroli's Fragments of Faith: Help yourself to a do it yourself
religion (on Frame
6). A nice essay that links Faith Popcorn's "develop our own
moral lives" with ruminations on modern life.
an imagistic work that discusses viruses ( human, meme, and computer)
in fiction, support groups, and philosophy. PORTIONS NO LONGER WORK
- Caitlin Fisher's These Waves of Girls weaves an account of girls growing up.
- NOT WORKING Christy
Sheffield Sanford and Reiner Strasser's ~Water~Water~Water~,
is a poetic meditation on water, using images and java.
Strickland's works are very fine poetry, and use text and imagery
to get her points across. She usually colors words according to theme
rather than according to the current Web conventions for coloring words
that are links. Try the Ballad
of Sand and Harry Soot.
- MD Coverley's works combine imagery and navigation with stories
with characters that breathe. Try something smaller likebefore going on to more ambitious works such as Egypt: The Book
of Going Forth by Day,
Califia (Eastgate Systems)--where three characters search California past and
present for gold.
- MISSING: Laura
Sullivan's Beautopia (visual
index): This is a treatise on women's beauty, expectations, and the author's
0neis a connected novel made from Gweneth's diary as she goes
Descend (Eastgate Systems): A great novel/mystery using fragments of text
found on a post-apocalypse world.
Girl (Eastgate Systems): A female frankenstein who tries to
reassemble herself. I particularly like the graveyard and associated
- HYPERCARD ONLY John
Net is a downloadable Hypercard which plays with turning letters
Life Set for Two (Eastgate Systems) is a programmed poetry piece
where what you choose determines what you will get.
Webshelf by time: Most
hypertext/electronic/new media works have a hidden time commitment--and so I tried
to organize these in terms of the time it will take to see what is going on--not
to understand the whole work. Some of these, particularly in my first category,
can be seen and thoroughly "grokked" quickly. Others can be seen quickly
and not grokked in a lifetime. Saying you can read this in an hour is like saying
you can read T.S. Eliot's the Wasteland in an hour. Yes, you can but it isn't
all that is there. So
this is just a way to let you know up front what you might want to look at given
your time constraints. It is by no means a description of how long to spend with
Watch only / Quick (10 minutes) / Short (an hour) / A little involved / Complex -a lot involved/ Play a game /Write with the author