Ryan Doenges


In May, I found out about an unfailingly pleasant bookstore in Wallingford which stocks only poetry. It’s called Open Books. If you live in Seattle and have the time and money to read books of poetry, you should pay Open Books a visit.

I bought some translated poetry: a Nichita Stănescu collection and a Kim Hyesoon book. I liked the poems so much that I wrote Javascript to put little quotes from them onto the bottom of my website, at random.1 I eventually added more quotes from other things I’ve read or remembered. I regret bringing in Javascript for this, but it’s only three lines of actual code. Readers with no Javascript in their browser will get the same quote every time (thanks, <noscript>). If you are interested in finding the source of a given quote, look no further than the source that gave you the quote, which is to say: I put some helpful comments in /js/taglines.js.

That all happened back in mid-May. Yesterday (the 21st of July) I took this site-editing impulse to its obvious and natural conclusion by ripping out all the CSS on my site and adding back in just enough styling to make it readable on my phone and my laptop. This only took 16 lines of styling, surprisingly, and it looks fine in lynx.

How is this the “obvious and natural conclusion” to my earlier additions? I don’t know. It seems obvious, and natural. I don’t make2 the rules.

  1. Does this count as net art? Am I a net artist?

  2. I do, however, enforce them.

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