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Experimental Thread #1

Inspired by Davis’s recent post, I’d like to propose an experimental thread. So, please feel free to experiment in the comments section here.

  • A. D. Jameson is the author of five books, most recently I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING: STAR WARS AND THE TRIUMPH OF GEEK CULTURE and CINEMAPS: AN ATLAS OF 35 GREAT MOVIES (with artist Andrew DeGraff). Last May, he received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at UIC.

28 thoughts on “Experimental Thread #1

    1. Ach, I can’t remember. Is that a bad sign? I’m forgetting it all so quickly…

      I hope someone else comments in this thread. It’ll get boring if it’s just me, talking with myself.

  1. I’ll join you.

    I’ve always admired your style.

    In many ways, you are my hero. Your everything I wish I could be.

    BTW–I don’t really hate Inception.

  2. Yes, “you’re” rather than “your”. I defend meself below:

    Oft him anhaga are gebideð,
    metudes miltse, þeah þe he modcearig
    geond lagulade longe sceolde
    hreran mid hondum hrimcealde sæ,

    wadan wræclastas. Wyrd bið ful aræd!
    Swa cwæð eardstapa, earfeþa gemyndig,
    wraþra wælsleahta, winemæga hryre:
    “Oft ic sceolde ana uhtna gehwylce
    mine ceare cwiþan. Nis nu cwicra nan

    þe ic him modsefan minne durre
    sweotule asecgan. Ic to soþe wat
    þæt biþ in eorle indryhten þeaw,
    þæt he his ferðlocan fæste binde,
    healde his hordcofan, hycge swa he wille.

  3. WordPress won’t let you post an empty comment, but will it allow you to post an all white comment than no one can readily see (unless they highlight it)? If so, bookish spies would have a handy way to send secret messages back and forth at BigOther—the litblog equivalent of lemon juice and a lighter.

    1. WordPress won’t let you post an empty comment, but will it allow you to post a white comment than no one can see? If so, you’d have a handy way to send secret messages back and forth at BigOther—the digital equivalent of lemon juice and a lighter.

          1. What didn’t work out too well? Your seeing it? Was there a column in the way?

            For a while I kept dreaming about cavernous cinemas, with multiple screens playing at once, and columns everywhere. Those spaces were very red. I haven’t been back there in a while, though.

            1. It would be sort of cool to take a really flagrantly anti-narrative film, “experimental,” I guess–Adam, I’m sure you can weigh in with suggestions, I’m thinking of Warhol’s “The Kiss” just off the top of my head–and come up with a bunch of “Rocky Horror”-like rituals and catchphrases and participatory gestures, chants about elbow crookage and pouring a shot of Listerine into your seat-neighbor’s mouth and dressing up in attire that mimics celluloid and singing Hall and Oates and generally creating an audience reaction of wildly inopportune cultishness in response to what’s going on on-screen.

              Just occurs to me.

          1. Ah! Now we’re in business! OK, all you super-secret spies out there. This is my first message to you.

            Uh… Now I have to think of something super-secret spy-worthy to say…

            John, I think I’m going to post all my comments in white fonts from now on.

            And all of my posts, too.

  4. Actually, I think we could do it with this–one of my all time favs.


  5. John, if you mandated that everyone used very tiny fonts in their posts and in their comments, we could fit a great deal more text on the screen, and thereby make it possible to read all the posts at once—maybe every single post since the beginning of this blog! We’d also save a lot of bytes, which are, as you know, an increasingly precious commodity. We might even also save bandwidth! So I think that you should think long and hard about this very important issue.

    You should also think about mandating that we all use fewer letters. In particular, I’ve been concerned about how many U’s Davis has been using (just see his last post! Ninety-seven U’s!). Soon there won’t be any left for me, and I won’t be able to post my thesis concerning uvulas. In particular, the uncannily undulating uvula of Miss Uma Thurman.

    Think about it!

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