PRINT October 1998

N. Katherine Hayles on byte lit

DO YOU FIND YOURSELF longing for the physical presence of books when you visit a website and yearning for hotlinks when you read a book? If so, you're not alone. Thousands of us who grew up loving books spend our days staring at our reflections in CRT screens. We're a hybrid generation; our neural pathways were formed by flipping pages basically in one direction, but our present reality finds us devoting much time and cortical real estate to wending our way through electronic hypertexts. At the sites below, writers and artists ride the cross-currents of hybridity stirred up when print culture meets the frothy surf of the Web.

N. Katherine Hayles, professor of English at UCLA, is the author of the forthcoming How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (University of Chicago Press).