Matt Webb, another guy I’ve admired and followed for years, is always up to something new and interesting…
Carl Steadman opened my eyes to the possibility of narrative in new media with two pieces: Two Solitudes (1995), in which you would eavesdrop by email on a conversation between two lovers?, friends? becoming distant, over 30 days, and 99 Secrets which I first encountered in 2000.
You can read Two Solitudes online, though without the slow delivery and intimacy of the inbox, it loses much of its poignancy and involvement.
99 Secrets has similarly decayed. 99secrets.com, where you could click through 99 short snippets of conversation between an anonymous he and she, has been snagged by a domain squatter and is consequently no longer available in the Wayback Machine. (I’ve attempted to buy the domain to enable access to the cache again, but haven’t had a response to my emails.) It’s sad.
I’m posting Carl Steadman’s 99 Secrets to Twitter instead, randomly, roughly once a day: follow @to_no_one.
I’m definitely following, straight to the phone even.