Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Home Is Where the <3 Is

One part of this book where I went, "oh, wow," happens to be on the wikipedia

Bam. For those of you playing along at home, this happens from page 119-145.

Now, some parts of this are pretty easy... The blue box references how the word house is colored blue. It's a box because they're going down the crazy staircase. That's why the text is forwards on one side and backwards on the other.

However....what's up with the sidebars? The first time I read through this section, I kinda blew by them. Now that I'm thinking about it, though, they remind me of walls. So I started reading them...Googling the Pittsburgh name that popped up, I found this, which is house. Just a bunch of other buildings. The entire left hand side is a big list of architect firms and buildings.

If we flip the book over entirely and read it the other way, the other sidebar is entirely the names of individual architects.

So we have walls built out of things and people who are made of and make walls. That's as close as I can come to an interpretation.

I'm imagining he's doing this because our adventurers are exploring completely unknown territory. It's trying to emulate the visuals, but with layout.

The smaller sideways blocks still escape me, though. I have no idea what's going on there.

1 comment:

Adam Johns said...

I had a student last semester who did a project on the names of some of the photographers in a similar list - some of them were, almost shockingly, pretty significant to the text, which makes you realize the absurd intricacy of this book (love it or hate it).