Writing by numbers: 500
The Hoopla 500 is an experiment in text. Each entry is approximately 500 words in length, and topically can cover anything from absolute fiction to painfully detailed truth. It is not a diary, a weblog, an art project, a zine or a venue for storytelling. It [is] defined most precisely as itself: the Hoopla500. Sometimes it may be pretentious, others self effacing, but the goal is simply that it will be. In other words, its existence is the sole justification and explanation of its purpose.
That, and I like doing it. [Statement by the author, Leslie Harpold]
Update: 12 April 2002—The hoopla.com domain registration has been wrongly transferred, and Leslie Harpold’s site has disappeared. This has caused great umbrage among her fans.
Update: 3 May 2002—Leslie Harpold is back on line at leslie.harpold.com while she continues the campaign to recover her hoopla.com domain.
Update: 4 May 2002—More here about the bad behaviour of Verisign.
Final update: Leslie Harpold died unexpectedly in 2006. According to Wikipedia After her death her family chose not to maintain her websites or allow others to make her work available. This loss to the Web of her work raised the issue of digital estate planning for online creators.