Presentations

I really enjoyed everyone’s presentations at the Kemp Symposium. It was cool to see the project on social media platforms. I wrote some of my paper on society’s trend of shortening and condensing, and Garret’s project really played with that idea because he was forced to write poetry with very limited length requirements.  I am also not surprised his poetry didn’t get much positive feedback, we tend to use our social media platforms for entertainment, quirky facts, or interesting pictures. Maybe if the subject of the poetry was humor or puns people might have liked it. It seems literature is much more shallow on those platforms because of people’s expectations that come with the media…

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Is there a name for this phenomenon (concept? device?)?

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I feel like there should be a TV tropes page at least.

Okay so I always thought of it as something like “the non-representation of great works”
Well, what it IS is the power of suggestion, but I’m looking for something more specific than that.

What it is is when in a book/movie/whatever there’s this important Thing- a painting or a song or a work of writing or something like that. Whatever this Thing is- it is fictional, it does not exist outside of the text. And while characters might talk about it, describe it, have it be important to the plot, the Thing itself is never actually represented. And in it’s non-represenation that disbelief is suspended- so that the reader can let themselves believe the Thing is really as great as all that.

examples below the cut (this got LONG)

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Reblogging this over here because this is actually related to some of the works we’ve read in class.

Thoughts on this thing and how it relates to House of Leaves and S. below the cut.

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I found a cursive tape roll in one of the boxes that was in my basement.  I was pretty surprise that I or my mom actually bought a cursive tape roll.  I remember my 3rd grade teacher made us write everything in cursive and told us we will be thanking her in the future.We spent quite a bit of time talking about handwriting and cursive in class, so I thought it would be interesting to share the tape roll that I found with everyone. 

I found a cursive tape roll in one of the boxes that was in my basement.  I was pretty surprise that I or my mom actually bought a cursive tape roll.  I remember my 3rd grade teacher made us write everything in cursive and told us we will be thanking her in the future.

We spent quite a bit of time talking about handwriting and cursive in class, so I thought it would be interesting to share the tape roll that I found with everyone. 

Speaking of archival practices.

I’m less surprised than I could be, “wash your dang hands” seems to be the solution to most things and cotton fibers are basically tiny organic saws.

Does anyone familiar with any more perspectives on the subject? I know there’s a latex gloves camp but that seems to have its own set of naysayers.

(I’m almost hesitant to point this out- I’m flagrantly adhering to the popular myth in my final project, though that’s a little less literal and more about the abstract concept they represent.)

S. after Engl 451

So I really want my dad to read S. and I was trying to explain it to him and in doing so I realized that I don’t think there’s a way to explain the book without sounding super confusing.  That would be like someone trying to explain Lost to someone who hasn’t started watching it yet: they’d be so lost. In actuality, the novel was fairly easy to read once you got used to it a little bit and found a reading strategy that suited you.  I remember some of our first reactions to the novel roaming around the lines of how well crafted it was, how visually appealing, and how they organized it fairly well considering how complex everything is. I have to say I still agree, and going back over the parts to get more info for the Wiki, I was able to grasp things even more easily than the first time.

Though my dad seemed apprehensive at first, I told him that we created an entire Wiki to help explain things if he got lost, but I told him that if he read parts of it, then it would give away plot points and spoil some surprises.  He liked Lost a lot and he enjoys sci-fi adventure novels and weird things, so I think he will enjoy the book, the only problem is I don’t want to lose any of the inserts, they play a pretty significant role in the book, and they help clarify a lot of things.  I wonder if you can buy them somewhere without having to repurchase the whole thing….

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Why Anarchists?

booksafterbooks:

Here’s a question for you: Why is Straka an anarchist?  Why is he so involved with S (besides Vevoda’s cruelty)?  There’s more than one way to fight a cruel, corrupt businessman.  Straka mostly seems to be going along for the ride, not an active participant (until he becomes an assassin). And are the S that innocent?  They’ve prob. hurt innocents before.

I got the impression that situating them as anarchists put them in a position of being (to borrow from the character alignment parlance) a chaotic neutral party? Anarchism is a term bandied about enough that it’s become a sort of vague anti-establishment catchall, never mind the actual particular politics of the term. On top of the anti-establishment it’s got connotations of danger, which combined make it the perfect platform for the legend of Stratka. Under the term you can generally lump all the things Stratka’s/the S are said to have done from the vigilante justice to the more ambiguously situated accusations. The ~dangerous~ notes of the title of anarchy saves the question of innocence. They’re anarchists- of course they’ve gotten their hands dirty to do what needs to be done.