When I was reading I decided to glance at that long footnote, which is actually a sidenote on page 120 that is basically a list of architecturally significant things, some of which have names that are recognizable enough to be part of common knowledge. When I saw the sixth entry in that footnote I just had to google it and test whether or not it was something real or entirely made up. It reads “Katselas House in Pittsburgh” so I typed it in expecting to find an exact hit and read its website and so on, or find that no such thing existed, but I was mistaken. Instead I found numerous obituary pages with the name Katselas in them. Interestingly enough Milton Katselas had died soon before October 30th and he was a renowned acting teacher that taught George Clooney and Alec Baldwin. I thought maybe that had a connection with the book because after all Zampano is referencing a movie. After looking through the obituarys I could find no mention of any “house”. I continued looking until I found an architectural firm with the name Katselas, frustratingly enough; I could find no mention of any specific house. The Katselas firm mostly deals with big projects and they specialize in airports according to their website. So In one last ditch attempt I googled “Tasso Katselas” and found out that surprisingly he is Milton Katselas’ brother. I also discovered that Tasso Katselas apparently designed multiple homes in
It’s interesting to question at some level whether or not this had to be a goal of Danielewski’s. One questions the validity of a source and looks it up only to find that it is not what it originally seems. I guess it just has to be some form of artistic license which brings me to think that this book must have been very time consuming to not only write but to format and choose sources for. It also adds to the overall mystery of the book because it must take a good deal of creativity to fake legitimate looking examples.
While we’re on the subject of
Because these sources/ examples actually exist (in some form or another) it leads me to caution myself in either dismissing or accepting something so the best thing I could do while thinking about the book would be to be careful what I believe and what I don’t believe.