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27 October 2002 @ 08:35 pm
So postmodern it hurts  
I got the book today (House of Leaves, the Minotaur version) that so many people seem to be reading. For those of you not entirely in the know, House of Leaves is an experimental novel written by a semiotician. So far (i.e. 10 pages into it), it's amazing. Right now, I bet Knuth is still getting hard-ons from the extravagant typographical acrobatics.

It's paperback, though - couldn't get it in hardcover from Ruminator. Meh - don't have the money for hardcover, yet. Those of you that have read it - let me know if there are certain activities I shouldn't do before and/or after reading it. (e.g. operating heavy machinery, driving, trying to cook on a gas range, etc.)
Dierindierin on October 27th, 2002 07:49 pm (UTC)
...the only works I've ready by a semiotician have been The Name of the Rose and Focault's Pendulum, both by Umberto Eco, and both REALLY good. Based on the praise I've seen here from you and Gunn it sounds like I'll have to procure this House of Leaves as well...
King of the Voidabaddonx99 on October 27th, 2002 08:03 pm (UTC)
Dude, I told you 2 summers ago to pick up this book.
Dierindierin on October 27th, 2002 09:21 pm (UTC)
Two summers ago? ... Ok, I feel like an idiot. It was seeing Gunn rant incessantly about it all this summer that got the name firmly stuck in my head... or maybe it was firmly stuck in my head when you told me about it too. I'll blame forgetting on the general amnesia surrounding my hellish sophomore year... which is still a lame excuse. Meh.
la femme stygiangunn on October 28th, 2002 06:27 am (UTC)
My work here is done. Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Oυτιςerragal on October 27th, 2002 08:57 pm (UTC)
Ooh, In the Name of the Rose...
Haven't read Focault's Pendulum yet... might have to find that one.

Oh and that's House of Leaves.
Dierindierin on October 27th, 2002 09:25 pm (UTC)
Foucault's (Fo? Fou?) Pendulum is kick-ass. I can't praise it highly enough (and I don't want to co-opt discoflamingo's thread).. maybe I'll rant on it later.
Oυτιςerragal on October 27th, 2002 08:56 pm (UTC)
House of Leaves is a trip of its own. I wouldn't recommend strong hallucinogenic drugs. It just seems the kind of thing that would lead one to a bad trip. Traveling in general seems to mix well with the book though. Also you should seek ample lighting at all times.

I may have to pick up the hardcover. Gunn left my copy in South Dakota after I got her to read it.
la femme stygiangunn on October 28th, 2002 06:28 am (UTC)
EEE. I'm sorry- I haven't been back there in a long time- due to the lack of vehicle. I'm trying to get my mother to read it and comment (especially on the german sections). She's an AP English teacher with her masters in German.
Oυτιςerragal on October 28th, 2002 10:19 am (UTC)
Heh :) s'alright. It gives me an excuse to get a different version and send it circulating in a different direction.
dasein_fiasco on November 1st, 2002 12:57 am (UTC)
Metafiction with tits and ass. Try to remember to question authorial truth on every level possible. Also, there's lots of ciphers hidden around if you can get at them. Enjoy.