This is one particular sampling of some interesting works that can be read briefly, in many different forms. I put it together for a reading in Kendra Kopelke's 8 May 2002 class at the University of Baltimore. The constraints on my selection were that things had to run on my iBook's installation of OS X (Hypercard stuff worked for me, but I had trouble with Storyspace, and of course all Windows-only e-lit was out) and the work had to make an impression pretty quickly, since I chose to read from a large smorgasboard of e-lit. (Yes, I know "computer literature" sounds like the manual that came with your modem. But doesn't "electronic literature" sound so sixties? Like something you read as you listen to electronic music?) Here's what I came up with:
To be published via daily emails beginning May 13, 2002: subscribe for $15 at http://www.tank20.com/bluecompany
Programmed by Steve Hales and William Mataga; Published by Synapse Software
Online and free: http://www.unknownhypertext.com
Online and free: http://www.wordcircuits.com/gallery/sandsoot/
Online and free at many locations, in many implementations.
Available for free download: http://www.adamcadre.ac/games.html
... and I recommended students check out the works at Poems That Go, since work by their fellow UB fellow students is featured there. I guess I could have read something. But don't people read their fellow students' work on their own? At least once in a while?