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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

(57 shots upside the head | en garde!)

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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)

Re: danielewski...

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nah, she's a peppy gal. she can take a lil arm wavin', no problem.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 3rd, 2001 11:08 am (UTC)

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peppy? PEPPY?!
m
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 3rd, 2001 11:12 am (UTC)

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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
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 3rd, 2001 11:12 pm (UTC)

Re: danielewski...

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currently, 79 elephants and 42 hippos. the newest is a really darling pink elephant from my boyfriend. 21 more of those, and i'm going to have a tea party. want to come? granted, you'd have to fly down to atlanta for the afternoon, but you'd get to have tea with 100 of the cutest pink elephants you've ever seen. and how many people can say they've done that?
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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."
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 3rd, 2001 11:08 am (UTC)

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hush, you!
m
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From:kingnixon
Date:July 3rd, 2001 10:44 pm (UTC)

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nevah!
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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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From:kingnixon
Date:July 3rd, 2001 10:46 pm (UTC)

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golly, you read my mind. (i assume you mean the 1st one, seeing as that's the one i actually have and all). i shall send it right out to you as soon as i send out the cd i promised rob~ i would burn for him a couple months ago, and the one i promised rob (another rob, note lack of tilde) soon after. o, and when i can afford postage, that'll help too.
no, wait.. i'm making you a cd. you pay for the postage. and the envelopey padded thing to mail the cd in.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 6th, 2001 10:44 am (UTC)

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what, you send me the fight club cd for no reason at all and now I have to pay you to send me cds?!?!!
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From:bertho
Date:July 8th, 2001 06:19 pm (UTC)

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I don't even remember what it is anymore... Oh wait. Ben Folds Five! Yeah, gimme!
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