Before there was Deerhound Diary, before there was Instapunk.com, before there was Glovesoff.blogspot.com, there was Shuteye Nation. And before that was BoomerBible.com, which is still in the reclamation phase, and before all of it Writing America Down, just half a dozen years after The Boomer Bible. Various fates await all those works, But today, I’m giving up a free key to Shuteye Nation, which was the follow-on to my biggest work, Shuteye Town 1999, which hopefully will be available again one day soon.
Yes, I’ve been playing with hyperlinked and multimedia writing longer than anyone else I know of. Whatever blogger you think was the first, I was here before him. Before there was a thing called blogs. Before there was really an Internet. For a long time I didn’t know what to do with Shuteye Nation because so much of it was writing. Print? Paper? Tempting. I like seeing books on my nightstand. That’s the plan for much of Instapunk. But Shuteye Nation has to be online, with all its flaws and holes and other foibles. It’s a slice of time many of us have already forgotten.
So welcome to Shuteye Nation. It’s not just a handful of text files. It’s an interconnected universe of misinformation, silly opinion, fake history and geography, and extremely precise definitions of the language of our age. Well, you’ll see. Don’t hesitate to take links — and look for links everywhere. That’s a process that approximates thinking. If you’ve never tried it, do so now.
With any luck, the guardian angels of this site will put a permanent link to Shuteye Nation in the main header, right next to the one for XOFF News, which will be there shortly.