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A short post as it’s late and I’m writing this before going to bed. But for any designers out there, this is gold dust…
Mark Danielewski talking about ‘House of Leaves’ and ‘Only Revolutions’, from a designer’s point of view. Enjoy.

27 down, 25 to go

This isn’t really a book, but it does have words in, and I spent a good hour with it today, so as far as I’m concerned, it counts.. (as does the other volume that arrived this morning, which I’ll talk about later this week).
There simply aren’t enough volumes of Dave McKean’s work available. That said, [...]

Modernist Literature

okay, people are starting to write about it, and it’s one of my 52 for the year, so my first thoughts on “Only Revolutions”….
I appreciate that a number of the 200 or so of you that apparently read the things I write here might not be familiar with Mark Z Danielewski, so for however many [...]


no blogging for a few days, as I’m in London at the weekend, then back here on Sunday evening (how can we tell there’s no blogging, you slacker, I hear you ask – well, at least I won’t feel guilty about it now I’ve apologised in advance). Have spent the week so far herding cats, [...]

ladies and gentlemen

we have a Lost ARG.
Anyway, where was I? Yep, got it. I’m not sure if that’s always true, but in my case it usually was. And having spent the last few weeks juggling several sets of balls, oddly shaped sticks and little bags of beans in the air I feel as if I need [...]

on juggling as a fine art

Rolling around my mind over the last few weeks has been the frankly ridiculous notion of starting another big project. Not just a project, but a big project. One that’ll last at least a year, and take me through to next July, when, oddly enough, the PhD will be done.
If I had any sense, [...]

on Fibonacci and Le Corbusier

So, taking yesterday’s notion one stage further. Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci, was born in Pisa, Italy in 1170. He made many contributions to mathematics, but he’s probably best known for the sequence of numbers that carries his name:
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, [...]

coffee, new words and plans

Never underestimate the restorative power of a good cup of espresso. Today has been spent catching up on admin tasks, including marking the remaining 1st year work from last term.
And while I’m here, I sent someone this link to Tomato’s next book this morning. I found it largely by accident, while looking for examples [...]

split personalities

Just back from Camden, which was superb, as ever, and a haven of calm amidst the rest of life. A haven filled with books, wine, and a large black cat who now thinks I’m his friend. Life wasn’t always like that..
And something became clear over the last two days. I’m writing the introduction to John [...]

design is the new rock ‘n’ roll

No, seriously, it is. Dave Sim (that’s two mentions for Dave in a week – I’m going for the “notorious comic book misogynist” Google searchers here) addressed this in Cerebus a long long time ago -
“Comic books are not like rock ‘n’ roll… but you’d be surprised at the number of cartoonists who keep waiting [...]