“When you play a piece of music there are so many different ways you could play it. You keep asking yourself what if. You try this and you say what if and you try that. When you buy a CD you get one answer to the question. You never get the what if.”
-- Helen DeWitt, The Last Samurai
When you buy a book you never get the what if. You get an extremely finished product. When you visit a website today, it can often feel like you only get the what if. Online, nothing is ever finished and the “under construction” tag is a tautology. This project aims to bring together these two ways of writing into conversation with one another, to see what happens when the highly mediated form of the book is linked to the highly immediate form of the web. How might the fluidity of the web provide a new look at the durability of the printed book?