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Todd Brendan Fahey
made the Digital Leap at the close of 1994.
As a Ph.D. Teaching Fellow in English at USL
, spring semester 1995, Fahey
hijacked a Technical Writing course and began using his
junior-year students as the guinea pigs of Web-page design, calling the class "Technical Writing Across the Internet.
The offering raised little more than eyebrows and complaints from USL's
English department; by fall, the Internet had exploded across the pages of Time and Newsweek
, spawned a dozen NY slicks, and Fahey's
Web design course was no longer an anomaly.
Fahey's own Far
Maw Web site would quickly gain Magellan's 4-star rating, and through long nights of shameless e-mail self-promotion, he
began to receive friendly notes from Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow, Mondo 2000 co-founder R.U. Sirius and other digital hardcores.
The synthesis of psychedelic drugs and the Internet has not been widely written of by the mainstream media, but Fahey
and others believe the relationship to run deep.
John Perry Barlow remarked to Fahey
, in an as-yet unpublished interview: "I'll go so far as to say, if the government succeeds in its War On (some) Drugs--if everyone who used marjiuana and LSD were to really be put in jails--America would not have an operational computer left."
This remark mirrors Timothy Leary's assertion, to Fahey
in 1992, that "Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were barefoot, long-haired acid freaks" and that Bill Gates was known to use LSD while at Harvard
Today, Todd Brendan Fahey
is at work on A String of Saturdays: The New Southern Romance, a digital novel which he
estimates will top out at 800pp, and which will feature innovations on font, sound, texture, streaming video, remote-location Web cam placement, and possibly even scent.
envisions a book which will carry one into a Lewis Carroll-like world, a phantastic fantasy, not unlike the LSD experience itself.
creative magazine work includes: "Fear & Loathing in Amsterdam: The Smoke Abortion," for Carbon 14 (having been "killed" by NY cigar magazine Smoke), Ken Kesey: Comes Speak the Cuckoo and Timothy Leary: Twentieth Century Neuronaut, for Far
Gone; The Original Captain Trips, for High Times; and Hunter S. Thompson: The Champion of Fun, for Fling.
Todd Brendan Fahey is a Ph.D. candidate in English at University of Louisiana-Lafayette, holds the Master's in Professional Writing from University of Southern California, received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and studied in 1985 at The University of London-Union College.
He began graduate coursework in The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State, before his acceptance into the prestigious Professional Writing Program at USC.
Fahey has served as aide to Central Intelligence Agency agent Theodore L. "Ted" Humes, Division of Slavic Languages, and to the late-Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) chief Lt.
Photo of Todd Brendan Fahey by Anne Porter-Elliott.