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Dec. 19th, 2006

  • 4:21 AM
Gas Mask
I was tempted to write a journal entry mirroring the style of Mark Z. Danielewski's new book, with upside-down and skewed text of many different colors and font types and sizes. Then I realized that was the reason I picked his book up at the library and put it right down after about forty-five seconds of manipulation and Chinese acrobat arm bendings.

I don't want to read a book that's printed like an Escher painting. House of Leaves worked because it was an interesting (if overlong) narrative that was mildly interrupted by bizarre and sometimes irritating text layouts and endless footnotes (the footnotes being okay by me, since they were essentially a second story running concurrently with the "main" story), but really: there's a point where design blurs into illegibility, buddy, and I do believe this time you crashed head-on into that wall.

Anyway.

Let's all move on.

Comments

mehndi_chick wrote:
Dec. 19th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
It's sounds like too much work.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Dec. 19th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
Much, MUCH too much work.

Also, it made my head hurt.

I'm so persnickety.
mehndi_chick wrote:
Dec. 19th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
"Persnickety" is the best word EVER!
It shall be my adjective of the day.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Dec. 19th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to have been an inspiration :)
giggleloop wrote:
Dec. 19th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's another one of those, eh? I read House of Leaves... I came away feeling like I didn't get it. Eh, maybe I'm not smart enough to have gotten it. *shrug* Ah well.
shannonsays wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
yes, it's a bunch of confusion, especially on the surface. and yes, i have a copy (which i got for free) that i will be hard pressed to actually read.


HOWEVER (permit me to gloat/enter book nerd/slut mode), it's actually BRILLIANCE once you consider the acrobatics it took to actually write. it may sound complicated, and it is, but it's tight, oh so tight. mark z. is good at what he does. and it all falls into place when you see/hear the ADORABLE man (with a horn) read from the book. the stories actually line up but in different time lines/eras, which permit the story (a sweet first-love (which is the purest and strongest) story) to be told in different dialects and timely slang.

and now the cat (whom i've left alone for three days) is chasing her tail and my exhausted attention span is short, so i'm gonna go play now.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Dec. 20th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)
I couldn't get over the "what the fuck" factor that went along with the book when I first picked it up. Maybe I will, maybe I won't. We'll see ;)

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