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



For at least 5 years this scene [a form of, to a certain punct] has been highlighted for inclusion in sunny donuts [without the descriptive narration/critique of course – which is NOT in the original film].

A Brechtian interruptive device that contains a Brechtian interruptive device; first seen at the precise point of interest for the sunny donuts narrative.

13H40          WEEKEND          14H10



… form unbidden … without a home …

the girl’s head rhythmically jogged back . Face impassive. Eyes staring.

Previously … some years back ….

her eyes, bird pecks under her bottle-top glasses.

Is this the same character???




When does the surreal become the hyperreal? Perhaps ‘hyper’ is an incorrect usage that might be confused with Baudrillard’s semiotics and postmodernist concepts of, inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality”?

‘Super’ or ‘heightened’ reality? Where something in so strange seeming that it appears surreal but is in fact completely real. Events that might happen during wartime might fit the bill? Selling Ice-creams during a bombing raid. The ice-cream will be wasted otherwise and the temperature is hot. The simply ‘out of place’. Finding a phone box in the middle of a desert. Perhaps the rest of the town was demolished? The phone box was being transported and it fell off the back of the vehicle?

Thus, a literature of cognitive dissonance.

that would be telling

Somewhat surprisingly, a story with no dialogue is a “telling” story rather than a “showing” story apparently. Traditional fairy tales are often of the storytelling genre. However, modern readers have come to expect written stories to “show” what occurs rather than “telling” about it.

The constant ‘scene setting’ style is therefore an attempt to show but still without dialogue? A kind of 3rd person ‘cinematic’ description.

There seem to be few novels without any ‘dialogue’ at all. Spoken, inner monologue, stream of conscious, letter or diary entries etc?