Pleased to Meet Me

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 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