Love and Loss in Robert Kendall's "A Life Set for Two"

Abstract (in English): 

The sixth chapter in Rebooting Electronic Literature: Documenting Pre-Web Born Digital Media (2018) about Robert Kendall's narrative poem, A Life Set for Two, contains Dene Grigar's essay, entitled "Love and Loss in Robert Kendall's A Life Set for Two.

The essay is descriptive and takes the reader through the story, like a "walkthrough". Throughout the text there is very detailed descriptions of how the different scenes look and what's happening in the scene, making it possible for the reader to imagine the setting the story takes place in. It also allows for more immersion. As the users of A Life Set For Two can interact with the work by clicking through different options along the story, Dene Grigar also explains what happens when clicking these as she progress through the story. Along with this the essay also provides general information about the production of the work, the essay also analyzes the poem from the perspective of the themes of love and loss. 


Pull Quotes: 

"We’ve all been there...well, maybe most of that relationship in which neither of you want to be but are too cowardly to end. Each of you dish out insults to the other and consume the other’s in return in the hope that one day your lover will be fed up enough to leave and you get off guilt-free. In this life you had set for two, what you think you're hoping for, ultimately, is a life least until you find yourself that way. 

A screen capture of the opening screen of ALSFT

Platforms referenced:

Title Developers Year initiated
Visual Basic 1991

Publishers referenced:

Title Location
Eastgate Systems, Inc.
Eastgate Systems, Inc.
134 Main Street
02472 Watertown , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
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Ewan Matthews