textual whittlings



Ergodic literature refers to texts that require a reader to make a different or greater than normal effort, usually because they are non-linear in some way. An ergodic text re-interprets the idea of ‘plot’, plays with layout or typography, requires the reader to find a ‘key’ to unlock the meanings of the text or introduces an unreliable narrator or digressions.

Concrete poetry is poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme and so on.

Speculative fiction is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history in literature.

essentially Shaped Prose


book remains in rude health

Book designers the world over continue to experiment, fostering an audience of passionate readers who like to own beautiful books which transcend their function as simple containers of text (or images).

Image result for books unusual cover

semantic shrapnel

The fragmented novel has gone through three phases in modern times. The first stage
focused on the fix-up. The second stage introduced the
cut-up. The third and perhaps final stage seeks an exemplary wholeness, a fitting together of the fragments into brilliant



[Project for a New Novel]

1958. Were these J G Ballard efforts cut-n-paste and then photographed? Is this discolouring merely the passage of time?



Got it!  at last        Sunny Donuts page 6      rather apt ‘long walk or journey




Evangelion Lift Scene Two characters stand doing/saying nothing for 50 seconds [one blink]. Is this allowed?

Far more disturbing than Waiting for Godot‘s ‘nothing happens – twice’, more unsettling than The Shining‘s reams of ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’


Interesting the subtle differences in framing between the anime TV series and the anime movie. Just a minor change between relative character size and frame position leaves the individuals appearing more distance and isolated from each other?


cutting down



Man in a bathroom. Hundredth time with BIC razor.

Already quite sparse use of language but can it be improved?

?Language Questions?

Is BIC synonymous with pens rather than razors?
[which they do make along with lighters]
or even ‘cheap’ razors anymore?

Bathroom – boring/expected/conveys nothing extra?

Man necessary?

Kitchen sink. Hundredth time with disposable razor.

Man/person is implied through the action.
Location less expected.
The repeated use of a ‘suggested’? cheap razor is highlighted.

?Narrative Questions?

Why kitchen sink and not bathroom sink?
Why so much use of razor?

  • Man is lazy
  • Man has no time
  • Man is poor
  • Man lives alone/no housekeeper
  • Razors are a rare commodity
  • What kind of shave will result
  • More than one of the above

It also tells us that the razor is not
an electric [technology/more precise] nor a
cut throat razor [could be used as weapon/more precious/permanent]