Pleased to Meet Me

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Dawn, Lorelai, Rolf, Bela, and VD3 each have their own weblog. Which would be no big deal, except that all five weblogs are written by the same person -- Margaret Penney of dream7.com. Penney's 'DiaryU' project is a personal experiment in believable doppelganging. Pseudonymity is a familiar theme in the net art canon, from Alan/Jennifer Sondheim's trans-gender explorations, to Netochka Nezvanova trans-human manifestations, to Luther Blissett's media disinformation hacks. But Penney's project is more fictive, akin in spirit to Nick Bantock's Griffin & Sabine trilogy. A fun read -- intentional typos, bad poetry, and all. - Curt Cloninger