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July 1st, 2001


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10:07 pm - i bought a book
i bought a book yesterday: house of leaves. haven't yet started the actual reading process, as i'm still finishing another book, but i went thru it a bit last nite, looks very interesting. what 1st caught my eye at the store was the typography: text runs up, down, backwards, forwards, in circles, diagonal, different colors, different fonts. some pages are densey packed with words while others only have a fragment of one. madness, but intriguingly so.
i randmly spotted it on the shelf - we were at barnes n nobles - thought the cover looked cool, and glanced thru. it was insane, so of course i had to have it. i love things like this. i read infinite jest based on a review that said it was impossible to keep track of everything. they were right, of course, but it's devilish fun trying. i like things that just barely make sense, and you have to work at it.
that is what i want my writing to be. not literally (or even close to) like anything in particular i've mentioned, but the feeling of it. i want it to be something people wonder at, keep thinking about when they're done, don't know if they've understood it all. not confusing, so much as dense.

i want to know everything. all the ideas, read all hte books, see all hte movies, have discussions on the most esoteric details, debate russian history in russian, be licensed and skilled in everything. just everything.

this, of course, is impossible.

but it would be glorious fun to try.

if i wasn't so damn lazy.
np: moby - my weakness

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From:ex_rainking878
Date:July 2nd, 2001 03:24 am (UTC)
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are the pages i see when i click on the cover actual pages from the book? it looks like a book i should own...
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 2nd, 2001 09:43 am (UTC)
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i believe those are from teh appendixes. some of the real pages don't make a whole lot more sense than those tho
From:ex_rainking878
Date:July 2nd, 2001 11:28 am (UTC)
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i just ordered it. it sounds good and the appendices looked cool and the customer reviews were excellent, so i had to have it.
720 pages, right? thanks for the advice!
From:ex_rainking878
Date:July 2nd, 2001 03:25 am (UTC)
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and did you get the hardcover or the paperback edition?
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 2nd, 2001 09:43 am (UTC)
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paperback. i didn't see the hardcover at teh bookstore.. plus, if the paperback was 20$, i doubt i could get the hardcover
From:ex_rainking878
Date:July 2nd, 2001 11:22 am (UTC)
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at amazon the hardcover is $36...
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 2nd, 2001 11:38 am (UTC)
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definitley out of my price range. i wasnt happy spending 20 on a book, but i coudlnt pass it up. the charge is currently on my friend's credit card, i have a month to pay him back..
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 2nd, 2001 08:45 am (UTC)

danielewski...

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this is jess (purplehippos and all that), but i didn't want to create an account to tell you so. anyways, i adore house of leaves, i bought the hardcover one last year, and then read it while i was at college. it's splendid. and, if you want the music to go along with it, poe's cd (whatever it's called, it's got haunted and wild and heypretty on it) is written as the companion piece. the song hey pretty, radio version, with the long spoken word stuff, that's actually danielewski reading one of his footnotes from the book. and the rest of the cd is even better... anyways, cheers.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 2nd, 2001 11:26 am (UTC)

Re: danielewski...

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HI JESS!!!!!! ::waves:: it's Mel. HI!!!!!!!!! ::frantic waving ensues::
m
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 2nd, 2001 10:12 pm (UTC)

Re: danielewski...

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mel!!! i've been good. you can stop waving now, i assume your arm is getting tired.
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 3rd, 2001 12:55 am (UTC)

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nah, she's a peppy gal. she can take a lil arm wavin', no problem.
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Date:July 3rd, 2001 11:12 am (UTC)

Re: danielewski...

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Hi!!! It's good you're good. I can keep this waving up all day if necessary, but if you say I can stop, I will. How's the hippo/elephant count?
m
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 3rd, 2001 12:54 am (UTC)

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i love how, despite you forgetting to m many of your comments, and hence having to go back and say it was you, you remember to m the one which features you saying "it's Mel."
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 3rd, 2001 12:53 am (UTC)

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hey jess! =) i didnt even know you read my journal..
i think the cd is called haunted. there's a lil ad for it on the back of hte book. poe is the author's big sister apparently. i will most likely get teh cd. i have 'hello' and it's excellent, so i don't see this being bad. plus if i like the book as much as i suspect i will, that can only be a bonus
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 3rd, 2001 11:07 am (UTC)

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dan,dan, the CD man...I SO know you wanna burn that poe cd for me, yes?
m
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