a new adventure from the stacks

Last night I finally finished House of Leaves. I liked Navidson's story, and I wish it had just been that narrative; I didn't mind Zampano so much, but Johnny Truant's interjections and long-winded stories about hookers and insanity just felt like academic masturbation in three-page footnotes. The only thing I liked about him were his mother's letters. … Continue reading a new adventure from the stacks

le cirque des reves

I wanted to finally get around to posting the pictures of the Christmas present I put together for my father this past holiday season. Earlier in 2012, I'd shared The Night Circus with him and he LOVED it. He especially loved  Frederick Thiessen and the reveurs, who go to the circus wearing black and white - to be more … Continue reading le cirque des reves

house of annoying

So, I'm up to chapter 10 in House of Leaves. GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHG. It's a frustrating book. Now, I did a lot of research in school, and I've loved reading Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels for years, nigh on a decade, so footnotes don't scare me. The problem I have is that whatever is causing the book to … Continue reading house of annoying

Er mah gehrd

Hwaet! I'm very excited about this: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2013/02/beowulf-online.html Old English is still my favorite dead language, even though I'm WAY out of practice in translating it, which in college I did for fun first and credit second. Oh how I fell in love with medieval language. So to see pages from Beowulf is a big deal. … Continue reading Er mah gehrd

house of leaves

I've just started reading House of Leaves - I like it so far. I'm definitely drawn in by the storytelling, and I'm tempted to try to track down all the references in the footnotes, though I'm guessing it would be a waste of time since I've pretty much already been told by the book that it's … Continue reading house of leaves