(Today is the 21st birthday of Literary Kicks. I'm making it my new habit to celebrate these birthdays with memories from friends of the site, so here's Tim K. Gallaher remembering way back when. Tim is a former member of the 1970s San Francisco punk rock band Church Police who later became a biochemist at University of Southern California and a pioneer in computational modeling of neurotransmitter receptors and bioinformatics based gene discovery, as well as an expert in early Chinese literature. He has been participating (as "TKG") in conversations here on Litkicks forever, and I met him for the first time one month ago. Thanks for the memories, Tim. -- Levi)
21 years ago, the World Wide Web was so new that the University of Illinois Supercomputer Center put out a list every few days of literally all the new web sites that had just launched. So I saw Levi Asher's Literary Kicks just days after it was born.
I'd been a huge Kerouac and Beat Generation aficionado and was amazed at the awesomeness of a web site about the Beats.
I was at a University and so was lucky to have full Internet access over a local Ethernet (i.e fast) network. I used the Mosaic browser, and sometimes the text-only Lynx browser via the Unix command line.
Levi Asher was about more than just this one website, though. He really turned me on the the possibilities and power of electronic publishing. He wrote stories for Web literary journals (that seem to have gone by the way side) called Enterzone and InterText. I liked his stories, and I liked that I could read them even though they'd never published in a book or magazine.
That was revolutionary.
We did not need a publisher to publish our work. We did not need to print a book. Anyone anywhere in the world could read what we wrote.