This hypertext narrative poem from 1994 was serially published on the early Internet, as described by Malloy.
In the spirit of the Internet, in the spirit of the web, portions of L0ve0ne originally appeared in different forms in servers all over the country — Sausalito, California; Palo Alto, California; Arlington, Virginia; and the Massachusetts North Shore. The story began on the Interactive Conference on Arts Wire. It was continued on the Arts Conference on the WELL. (notes)
The serial publication of this born digital narrative was also the first selection for the Eastgate Web Workshop in 1994. Eastgate Systems was the premier publisher of hypertexts before the World Wide Web, and it still offers a sophisticated set of tools for linking and mapping hypertexts.
The Web version is elegant in its simplicity, offering three navigational interfaces to experience the work: a list of links that reads like a poem itself, pure poetic text with links for the user to explore, or a framed version which combines the two. The link lines and background colors are linked thematically, allowing the reader to instantly and intuitively recognize certain moments in the narrative.
What jumps out of this engaging poem is its interweaving elements: a love story, a trip through Germany, computers, programming, disguises, barns, and the autobahn. And the 1s and 0s in its title are so well placed….