[…] In 1980 (c1979), MAD Magazine featured a form of what Christy has been calling Quantum Writing. Amidst the pages of the magazine was a free record. Upon placing the needle on the record, you hear a song begin with a pre-Prozac, bright sunny intro about what a wonderful day it is going to be…. It’s a great big, beautiful, wonderful, incredible, super-spectacular day And your heart is humming with good times coming And you got that happy feeling things are going your way All the bells are ringing and a little bird’s singing while he sits on your windowsill Singing yessiree, I can surely see, it will plainly be, most definitely A super-spectacular day! Untilllllllll… […]]]>
Ambigrams in the new-media news, lately: Love / Hate in English and Spanish.
I first learned about ambigrams from a Scott Kim book, Inversions. After studying his visual inversions for a while, you realize that the double-reading of the text occurs by hiding the pattern-recognition of the second sense inside the “stylistics” of the first pattern. Consequential and supposedely inconsequentially variations form a tight dance, with the sense of one becoming the style of another….]]>
Other likely additions:
Melville: “Bartleby”: Exists in a quantum state.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Is and is not an angel)
Italo Calvino: If upon a winter???s night a traveler???(Trap novel/Truth novel)
Mark Z. Danielewski: House of Leaves (Fantasy about a physical house/Truth about the book called House…and more)
What do you make of these?]]>
Ah, I see. I keep returning in my mind, then, to Pale Fire, but still suspect there are some non-ergodic, non-ludic, non-experimental texts that might also fill this description quite well. Anyone have any suggestions?
The difference would be something like “My Last Duchess,” which seems to have a strongly suggested correct answer, and is more of a riddle than a quantum experience.
WRT other examples?]]>
Yes, Jeremy, by quantum writing I do mean the co-existence of many variables/options/perspectives. I see them as being encapsulated in the same space, so the two editions of the Khazars you mention Mark, I wouldn’t see as strict quantum writing because the alternatives, the possible worlds are distributed over time and space and not bound in a single text. Quantum writing is about efficiency of time and space, where a minute word or phrase sets off an explosion of variables in the readers mind. And all of these variables are true, they are all correct in relation to the events and relationships set up in the text.]]>