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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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Date:July 2nd, 2001 09:43 am (UTC)
i believe those are from teh appendixes. some of the real pages don't make a whole lot more sense than those tho
Date:July 2nd, 2001 11:28 am (UTC)
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!
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Date:July 2nd, 2001 11:37 am (UTC)
yeah, bout 720. yer quite welcome, hope you like it. and if you're looking for huge, complex, insane, excellent books, i strongly suggest (as i mentioned above) "infinite jest" by david foster wallace
Date:July 2nd, 2001 12:40 pm (UTC)
another $20 dollars. i'll check out danielewski first. if i like it, i'll buy infinite jest as well.
Date:July 7th, 2001 03:10 pm (UTC)
i just received an email from the online store where i ordered "house of leaves". they wouldn't be able to ship until late august, so i cancelled the order, went to another online bookstore to order it there. found out that "infinite jest" was a lot cheaper there, so i ordered that one as well. 1800 pages on the way to my house.. i'd better stay home sick a little longer... :)
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Date:July 8th, 2001 01:53 am (UTC)
enjoy! if you like insanity and complexity, you'll love them both. infinite jest took me _damn_ long to read, but that's mainly because i didn't actually get around to reading it all that often. mostly at work, and then once i quit, i didn't read it for like 2 months. then i went on a trip and read a lot of it over a few days and got back into the rhythm.
Date:July 8th, 2001 03:08 am (UTC)
hehe, thanks for the warning. i never have much trouble with understanding insanity. i guess i'm a natural.. :)

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