Building on the latest post about Jakob von Uexküll, I wonder if anyone wants to venture a reading of the epigraphs on page 374 and page 518. Someone has already posted the (as yet unanswered) question about the Deadmau5 quote, and I’d like to situate it alongside the xkcd comic and invite discussion of the two as possible framing statements for The Familiar. The full xkcd comic is here. What conceptual work are the two epigraphs doing? In what sense do they offer a lens through which to re-consider the issue of the Narcons and the programming of Paradise Open?
Someone mentioned an existing post or thread on the font choices, but I haven’t been able to track it down. In the interim, I’ll sketch out some preliminary notes to start and we can build together as the reading progresses.
(This would be more fun with CSS. We’re unfortunately stuck with the template style sheet though.)
Luther: Imperial BT
– “cower power”
Anwar: Adobe Garamond
– old-style serif dating to 15C, i.e. beginnings of print
– see: character biography, Egypt as origin of writing
jingjing: rotis semi sans
– font used for highway and street signs in Singapore
– Hounds thereof
– A transitional font between modern and old style; printing history of John Baskerville may pertain
– Armenian genocide, traumatic memory and memorialization
– OED: “A person who is specially favoured or loved; a popular hero, a favourite of the public”; “The supposed companion or favourite of something personified”; “Originally: a (usually male) favourite of a sovereign, prince, or other powerful person; a person who is dependent on a patron’s favour”
I’ll leave it to commenters to work on the rest…
Welcome to the discussion board for the cross-institutional reading of the first volume of Mark Z. Danielewski’s novel, The Familiar. The novel is slated for publication in May 2015; those posting here are reading the novel in galley (black & white) format. The discussion will start the week of January 5 and pick up the week of January 12 when all of the participating courses are in session.