danielewskis

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I’ve been tagged by the lovely and fantastic spork!

The Rules

Rule 1: Always post the rules

Rule 2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you has written and write 11 new ones

Rule 3: Tag 11 new people and link them to your post

Rule 4: Let them know you’ve tagged them

1. What’s the last thing you ate?

Chocolate covered frozen banana slices

2. What’s the best thing that happened to you this year?

Well, the year just started so I guess it would have to be thinking about what I want to do this year, how I want to grow into a better, more creative person. 

3. What book do you love, but feel like not enough people know about?

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. That book needs more love.

4. Who’s your favorite villain?

Oh man, I’d have to say the only one I can think of is Pitch Black from rotg only because the movie was really well thought through and everything fit, but he’s not my favorite.

5. What’s your favorite thing to do outside?

Wander with music in ears and a camera in hand. 

6. If you were a sandwich, what would you be?

Italian Hoagie, probably.

7. What are the coolest socks you own?

My otter socks.

8. Do you have any siblings, and do you get along with them?

Yeah, I’d say I get along with my sister.

9. If money were no object, what would you be doing right now?

Seeing every movie in theatres and wasting my life in bookshops.

10. What’s your favorite time of year?

Autumn in the wind, or summer in the rain.

11. What fictional universe would you most like to inhabit?

This is hard. Probably Middle Earth, but I’m a fan of Hogwarts as well. 

My questions:

1. What is your favorite holiday and why?

2. What is a phrase that reminds you of your childhood or makes you happy?

3. If you had to choose a language you could instantly learn, which would it be?

4. What was the first job you ever wanted as a kid?

5. Which is your favorite weather type out of snow, rain, wind, (or a combination) to experience?

6. What is a band or song that makes you happy, or blissful?

7. Do you have a book you turn to when you need a realm or world to delve in, and if so which one?

8. Carpet, wood, or stone floor?

9. What was the last movie you say in theaters?

10. At what time do you believe the afternoon ends, and evening begins?

11. Describe your ideal apartment.

Tags: 

1. Emily

2. Bethany

3. Rachel

4. Mac

5. Doc

6. Maria

It is not difficult to understand how children who have suffered from malnutrition or starvation need food and plenty of care if their bodies are to recover so they can go on to lead normal lives. If, however, the starvation is severe enough, the damage will be permanent and they will suffer physical impairments for the rest of their lives. Likewise, children who are deprived of emotional nurturing require care and love if their sense of security and self-confidence is to be restored. However, if love is minimal and abuse is high, the damage will be permanent and the children will suffer emotional impairments for the rest of their lives.
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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

The author cites “Black Heart, Blue Heart” by Rita Mistopolis which, like many citations in the book, does not exist. I still find it to be a powerful and thought provoking passage. 

…a moment will come, maybe in a month, maybe in year, maybe even several years. You’ll be sick or feeling troubled or deeply in love or quietly uncertain or even content for the first time in your life. It won’t matter. Out of the blue, beyond any cause you can trace, you’ll suddenly realize things are not how you perceived them to be at all. For some reason, you will no longer be the person you believed you once were. You’ll detect slow and subtle shifts going on all around you, more importantly shifts in you. Worse, you’ll realize it’s always been shifting, like a shimmer of sorts, a vast shimmer, only dark like a room.
—  Mark Z. Danielewski

okay so house of leaves is written by mark z. danielewski, but within it, the actual book is by an old man named zampanó (fictional), with notes by johnny truant (fictional) and the editor(s) (fictional), and then the appendices ofc, with letters from truant’s mother (fictional). and then there are all the fictional pieces of work that are quoted. and what i love so much is the fact that each of the contributors has their own voice, and that translates into the smallest details, all the way down to whether the writer in question uses a frigging oxford comma or not. 

anonymous asked:

what are your fave books/authors

jorge luis borges’s short stories, white noise by don delillo, house of leaves by mark z danielewski (yeah yeah i know), the full hitchhikers guide to the galaxy series, some YA book named panda ray about a psychic alien kid that gets transported to an alternate dimension after his grandpa murders him and uses his psychic powers to kill every single human being in the world instantaneously and at the same time

A World Within A Fraction Of An Inch: Tiny Ontology and Hyperobjects in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves

Abstract:

In this essay, I will explain why Mark Z. Danielewski’s novel, House of Leaves, is important since it takes a text that is commonly thought to be a metafictional satire on postmodernism but, instead, reveals that it more closely relates to the insights of object-oriented ontology (OOO) philosophy despite its release prior to the emergence of OOO philosophy. The text examines the skepticism of “known reality” and reveals that there is no objective understanding of every aspect of a given object. Through this, I will incorporate what Bogost calls tiny ontology, which is the notion that all objects possess an equal ontological value. I will relate Bogost’s notion of tiny ontology to Timothy Morton’s notion of hyperobjects to the way in which the novel, as well as the house on Ash Tree Lane, functions as a hyperobject. I will briefly relate Danielewski’s characters to Eugene Thacker’s notions of how a search for occulted knowledge ultimately leads to madness. I will thus note how the book itself functions in this manner through its various “authors,” appendices, footnotes, companion texts and musical albums, revealing that all of these aspects possess their own ontological value.

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Do you ever think, like, there’s a conversation going on, you know, like somewhere out there, somehow parallel to the one you’re having with yourself, like in your head, or even with someone else? Uhm, like there are these voices that know everything. .:-So close.-:. Like voices that don’t really live and can’t die and have been around forever .:-such a noisy, boisterous parade-:., before the start of things and will even be around after the end of things. .:SHE HAS NO IDEA:. You know, privileged with all that’s that. Like Google, only true.
—  Mark Z. Danielewski; The Familiar Volume One
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The first book I’m live blogging is Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. This book made me want to start live blogging because after some of the more intense passages I need to take a second. This book is incredible. The author clearly intends certain passages to achieve certain goals, and they really do. They can chill you to the bone like no book I’ve ever read, or they can draw you in and run in your head at a million miles an hour. Sections of the prose, particularly in the footnotes, can read like poetry and like a deep body of water can promise and hint at untold depths but concisely them beneath a blinding glimmer. Yeah footnotes. A decent portion of the book is told in the footnotes of a review of a documentary filmed by a photographer living in a house where the internal dimensions keep changing while the external dimensions stay the same. The diction shifts as the perspective does, showing the author’s mastery of literature, and the postmodern syntax which crops up in the more contemplative passages challenges the reader’s comprehension and controls perfectly the flow of the text. So far 10/10 would recomend.