What is a hypertext novel?

I was reading in "Writing Machines" about Phillip's art book that was created from Mallock's novel. In one part she writes (I'm looking for the quote now but I can't seem to find it) that Phillips said that if the novel sold well he could do 12 new pages and substitute them in the book so that the nth edition might not include any pieces from the original.


Reading about the gadgets in the Diamond Age is like experiencing any of the other new mediums through which we've read/experienced literary forms in this class. I always have to understand the gadget by likening it to a form I already know and then branching off from there, in the same way that we can't seem to read new media without thinking of our experiences with the novel. The Primer is of course the most advanced hypertext novel that could exist. Don't know the definition of the word you're reading?

Face Book ((What literally?) Yes, Literally)

A brief Introduction. This is being posted at, I estimate, 1:30. I estimated at beginning of writing, and won't change it. Will that estimate be accurate? Am I lying? You'll never know and that is exactly the point.

A briefer introduction, which I promise is true. I have been thinking about this project for a week straight at the expense of other work. Such as posting on this blog. My hiatus as been well spent, I promise. I hope. We'll see.

a man, a plan, a hypertext: quetico

So I'm going to expand upon the contributions I've made to the class wiki and continue with a Quetico based hypertext. I want to write it on a storyspace type program that isn't a wiki. This is important to me because I want readers/users to read the text as a full-screen slideshow and not through their browser. Ideally it would be accessible through the web. I want the hypertext to be navigable through links in the text/images and through an interactive map of the lake country. This way a trip through the text can mirror a trip through the lakes.

Linear, this is Chaos, Chaos, meet Linear.

I plan on doing the creative option for my term project. As you can probably tell from class, I am resisting the change from novel to hypertext. I like the linearity, the completeness, and the closure that a novel can give me. We've talked in class about hypertexts that have been printed into books and many of us have tried to print certain Internet texts (like the Hayle's essay), which really should stay on the Internet. I would like to go in the opposite direction by changing a printed text into a hypertext.

patchwork girl

we were talking last week about what sort of "story" takes well to hypertext, and i think that "patchwork girl" provides a great example of what works. i'm having a hard time putting into words what i liked so much about it. i just think that the form and the content (if we're still making these distinctions) complement each other very well. obviously, the whole story is about a girl sewn together from pieces of dead girls, just as "patchwork girl" itself borrows heavily from a pretty old book, by someone who is now dead.

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.

our wiki fiction

I think we agreed that we were gonna just put some stuff on the wiki and let it go for a while. So let me explain the content I'm gonna start to post. It doesn't need to be what we end up with or anything. I was thinking about the experience of reading these hypertexts and one thing it reminds me of is canoe trips through the systems of lakes and rivers that comprise the Minnesota-Ontario border. A typical trip is 2 weeks, starts at one lake and ends at another.

Afternoon Observations

-Titles are doing are lot more work here than we're used to. What kind of book is it in which every page has a title?

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