House of Leaves: Addendum

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Part 3 of 3 of a digital project on networked narrative. Part one, part two,  and explanation.

While Key Note’s presence online seems to have vanished, I must have piqued someone’s interest at the company, because I keep getting emails from them. I thought it might be spam at first, since none of them made any sense, filled with mostly the kind of word salad you’d expect from an automated response. But I’ve noticed that the handful of clearly formed words from each email seemed to spell out a few sentences:

go Into the treNches, take The stairwell down to where the partitions of pascal’s temple Have Elicited a golden yawn. Drum in the deep. Awake now, and Run from the Kye, no door will hold it.

What Are(is) the Digital Human(itie)s?

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The Internet Map - Opte Project

The Internet Map – Opte Project

Considering that I’m majoring in English & Digital Humanities, it’s somewhat ironic that defining the field is such a chore. I could tell you about all of the advancements that are being made between text and networks, or how archival tools are being used to categorize and database literary information for easier access, but in truth these are not very small slivers of a greater whole.

(De)Constructing Digital Literature

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photoPart of being a digital humanist means being a collaborator, and there are a plethora of facilitating platforms like GoogleDocs and Storify to link and co-author content. But sometimes deconstruction applies too, as Mark Sample proposes “what is broken and twisted is also beautiful, and a bearer of knowledge. The Deformed Humanities is an origami crane — a piece of paper contorted into an object of startling insight and beauty.” In this vein, here’s an Emily Dickinson poem that’s been deconstructed and rearranged, words linked by tangential pathways that make the poem malleable. You can read it however you choose, beginning wherever you want.

Comment below with the best phrases you find.