Well, I've decided to start a blog just to record what's going on in my life. Looking back on things is something I'm pretty fond of, so I figured why not? I only have one more semester to go in college and life after seems pretty darn frightening.
To start out my journal, I want to mention that I just finished an absolutely amazing book called House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
It is very difficult to describe as there are multiple people telling stories. So, here's my tip of the iceberg summary of this novel:
House of Leaves is a novel following the life of a man named Johnny who, by chance, comes to live in the home of a deceased man named Zampanó. Johnny leads a life of so-called sin and pleasure filled with women, drink and drugs, but after acquiring his new residence he finds the remains of papers, clippings, napkins, etc of an in-depth, very visually written, movie review about a film that has never existed called The Navidson Record, written by Zampanó, who, by the way, was blind. Johnny feels compelled to edit the papers, put them all together, and investigate the review as there are hundreds of sources, some real some fake. But through this editing process we watch Johnny's life begin to unravel. All the while, we are following the review of this fictional movie about a man and his family who live in a house that they soon discover is larger on the inside than what appears on the outside. And from there it all comes undone...
And that is just the very top layer of this fascinating book that not only has a fascinating story-line(s), but also is extremely creative in its use of typography. It's underlying message is one of entrapment and ensnaring, and that is certainly what it does to you as you become more and more engrossed in this story.
Below the cut is a letter from Johnny's mother who is in a psych ward. I was looking for a decoded version of this letter online, but couldn't find one easily, so I decided to decode it myself. This is the letter, taking the first letter of each word and creating words and sentences out of each one. (Not really crucial info for the book, but not relevant to anyone who hasn't read it)( Collapse )( Collapse )