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Bernstein Interview on history of hypertext lit. (Read 5499 times)
Rigas Arvanitis
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Bernstein Interview on history of hypertext lit.
Aug 4th, 2010, 3:48pm
 
Mark Bernstein gives an interview to Judy Malloy... interesting.

http://narrabase.net/bernstein.html

I learned many things (sorry for the personnal comments):

Dupont wanted an AI system based on FORTRAN IV. My memory of this language was a programme I wrote that calculated exprot/import indexes. You typed cards, gave them to a service person, and next day you had a listing ! I made  made loop so the listing was something like one thousand sheets of 110 paper with one column of figures ! Environmental issues were still not issues back then !

Mark has a PhD in Chemistry! That explains it all !!!  Smiley

A big difference betzeen Bernstein and me is that he actually MET Ted Nelson. I only read his Litterary Machines, thanks to "BYTE" magazine, which I randomly bought when I was living in Caracas (or was it Paris?).

Mark says: "I came back to Eastgate to work on electronic books. Even in 1987" ? Does that mean Eastgate existed then (or before Mark was in there) ?

"Adrian Miles has a terrific new essay in Reading Hypertext on hypertext teaching" I agree ! But could never make anything out of it, whereas I was directly confronted to the structural problems when reading/writing/taking notes, and David Kolb helped me a lot in that aspect.

To add to the history, I was introduced to Storyspace by a fantastic sociologist, Howy Becker. And what made me stick to it for some time -until I needed to be a little more effficient- was Mark Bernstein's text on gardens and hypertexts. But I am not a very good gardener. Sad

Its a club and Eastgate is a sort of club House: Jane Malloy says: " I also remember having lunch with you in Boston to talk about the Eastgate publication of its name was Penelope. Carolyn Guyer came to New Hampshire, and we talked about our work. Michael, Carolyn, Stuart Moulthrop, and I met in New York City at an MLA panel hosted by Terence Harpold. It was an exciting time to be a creating a new kind of literature. And Eastgate was core to this new field! ".

Some refs mentionned (can someone help):

- "Susan Gibb has been writing a big sequence of small hypertexts in Tinderbox"
http://www.susangibb.net/
BTW, Tinderbox fan like cooking ! (I do! Mark also!)

-Deena Larsen's pioneering Web work.

- Steve Ersinghaus, too, is building terrific work in Tinderbox.
http://www.steveersinghaus.com/archives/1761

-  Bill Bly is using Tinderbox to construct a new artifactual hypertext, set in the world of his Storyspace classic We Descend.

- Sarah Smith (The Vanished Child, Chasing Shakespeares) did a terrific talk at Tinderbox Weekend a while ago on world building in Tinderbox.

- Jeff Abbott has written some intriguing notes on planning a thriller.
http://blog.jeffabbott.com/?s=tinderbox

- And I understand Michael Bywater is currently at work with Tinderbox on a musical!  



Thanks for the interview !

Rigas

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Re: Bernstein Interview on history of hypertext lit.
Reply #1 - Aug 5th, 2010, 7:21am
 
Thanks--I really appreciate the link here. What I might suggest though is that it show as: http://susangibb.net/blog2 which is really the Hypercompendia weblog that is geared totally toward new media and particularly hypertext working with Storyspace and Tinderbox. Though the cooking's on the Spinning weblog!

And Deena's link is: http://www.deenalarsen.net/
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