"Later that year, [Ted] Nelson got permission from the publishers of Vladimir Nabokov's _Pale Fire_ to use the elaborately annotated parody in a hypertext demonstration. The idea, like most of Nelson's contributions, was rejected by the sponsors of the Brown experiment." wired.com/1995/06/xanadu/ that would have been pretty rad though


@aparrish The feud between Wired and Nelson that this article originated is one of historical proportions. It did a lot to confirm the bias of too many engineers that there is something maladjusted or unbalanced in Ted Nelson's brilliance. This was during the days of the WWW's irrational exhuberance, Yahoo were hotshots and capitalists were beginning to pour money on anything with a www prefix or a dot com suffix. Nelson's ideas felt out of step in that environment, but he has always been right.

@haitch I haven't read the whole thing, whoops! was just tantalized by that connection to Pale Fire. apologies for dipping into this stuff publicly without going through all of the backstory, I'm just very goal-directed right now but still want to share interesting things I come across

@aparrish Oh no, nothing wrong with that, I agree it's fascinating. Only filling in the gaps, I thought I would provide context.
The connection of Nelson with Samuel Taylor Coleridge is also very interesting (and possibly Jorge Luis Borges through him as well).

@aparrish @haitch I think the best summary of Ted Nelson is when he did an interview with Werner Herzog on his houseboat and says something to the effect of "I think you're the only person who understands me"

I mean I love love love Ted Nelson but he's also a bit of a crank

@phooky Yeah well, I don't understand why that's a problem. It's clear that people are capable of tolerating much much worse and undeserving cranks.


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