This site was first put up in February, 2003, though it had a lot less of the text and pictures on it. At first I was typing all the writing in by hand, and it was taking a long time. (Now I've put all the essays online by scanning them and using Textbridge.) I sort of let it go for a while before putting it back up a few months ago. Now I've got a new hosting server, too.
I've added several of the early Philadelphia Independent articles by HWB, Swartwout, Bonney, and Underhill, since other readers have pointed them out to me, and a few helpful people have even sent me copies of the Independent from before I started collecting them. This includes the "Phindie" Number Five with the full-page review of "Three Weeks," by Jonathan Shainin.
I started Brownejohns.org because I couldn't find anything online about HWB. In his "Introduction" to Issue #1, he wrote:
"to demonstrate the sincere spirit of our suicidally poor business acumen, and as a gesture symbolic of our stubbornness and pride, THREE WEEKS regrets to inform those paler members of our prospective readership that it shall not appear, under our authorization, anywhere upon that modern manifestation of the human unconscious, the Internet. We are of the opinion that words read off of a computer screen are, for reasons unknown, worth less than those printed, even if they are the same words; and that it would please us more to know that forests are being cleared in our name, than to suspect that either the electric company or some pasty-faced software mogul might be profiting by the long-windedness of our prose."
All "Three Weeks" had was an email address (email@example.com, which still works- I wrote a letter a couple of months ago and got a (short) reply signed "The Editors Defunctus"), and they weren't going to put up their own web site any time soon. So that's what I thought I would do for them.
According to "Three Weeks," all the writing from that newspaper is in the public domain - "Given due credit, we cannot envision ourselves ever litigating over such a nebulous complaint as a breach of 'intellectual property.' We feel our intellects are worth sharing even at a loss, and that their fruits are inherently the property of humanity at large. We shall gleefully steal what we need, and we are happy to be stolen from."
So I hope this means they won't mind that I've put all of "Three Weeks" on this site. I just think that more people need to be able to read it. So go ahead and enjoy!
For more info on this site, email firstname.lastname@example.org