Infinite Canvas: House of Leaves of Grass Poem

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Another exploration of the infinite canvases possible with digital technologies. This is House of Leaves of Grass, a dizzying computerized poem with over (purportedly) one trillion stanzas. It’s another wonderful gift from Mark Sample. My response to the work took came by way of screen captures and a spont-prose poem I read over some fun sound design.

House of Leaves Project Explanation

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keep-calm-and-just-kiddingInspired by a social experiment a classmate tried a few months back, I decided to take the idea of creating an artifact from/about House of Leaves to the next level. Instead of presenting the reader of my blog with a frame of fiction around my piece, I went meta and used the expectations of the blog to lull the reader into a false sense of security that I would then disrupt. Here are parts One, Two, and Three.

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.

More on Kye Note

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Part 2 of 3 of a digital project on networked narrative. Part one, part three,  and explanation.

It’s been a rough few days. I’ve spent endless hours searching the net for any sign of Kye Note Revisionaries, but it seems after my last inquiry they have completely disappeared. Searching for them didn’t even result in the out-of-date website I first stumbled upon. At first this was just a curious exploration behind a book about a book about a movie about a house, but now I’ve started to wonder whether or not there is something more behind it. Then today when I was checking the statistics for my blog, I noticed this under the “search terms” people use to get to my writing:


Needless to say, I’m a little ruffled by this. I refuse to take down what I’ve written about the company, however, and I plan to keep digging.

Reading House of Leaves

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A page from House of Leaves

A page from House of Leaves

This is my second time through the novel, that great sprawling beast of literature that almost defies definition, Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves. Experimental would be the most base term to use to label it, while Post-Print fiction has recently been assigned, with always the Gothic and Satirical running through the mayhem of categorization. No matter how you view the novel, it is extremely effective. We can debate the story(s), which has its problems and holes, but the unified work achieves something greater than the sum of its parts, much like the titular house.

House of Leaves: Kye Note Revisionaries

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Part 1 of 3 of a digital project on networked narrative. Part two, part three,  and explanation.

Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time researching the book House of Leaves. Needless to say there is an amazing wealth of analytical viewpoints available for one to make up their own mind about what’s really going on in the story. I spent some time on the MZD forums and found some fascinating interpretations of major characters or events, but I still felt as though there was something missing, something slipping between my fingers that perhaps others hadn’t caught. I was compelled to continue.