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Days With My Father

Days With My Father

In the vastness of the Web where it is so rare to find an author’s voice, particularly a voice that is not a copy of something that has already been published in another medium, I highly recommend days with my father. Phillip Toledano’s simple, understated journal of his relationship with his 98-year-old father, formerly an actor in the movies and then a businessman, but now someone with no short-term memory, is lyrical, painful, alternately sad and funny, an extraordinarily modest work on an enormously profound subject. And the interface, for once, reflects the intimacy of the subject. (Don’t miss the subtly hidden scroll to the left once you are in the midst of the narrative.) And thanks to Elizabeth Kilroy for pointing out this site.

For those interested in some of the various ways in which vast amounts of imagery and text can be creatively configured and reconfigured on the Web, Jonathan Harris is a leading innovator (10×10, for example). See his website at number27.org for an active, thoughtful approach to making more of the Web than the sum of its parts. Few have gone that far.

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