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Questions about the works of Mark Z. Danielewski (born 1966) or his life as a writer.

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How did Danielewski typeset "House of Leaves"?

Quite famously, Danielewski's House of Leaves is typographically quite.. psychedelic. And deliberately so. It employs a range of fonts, color codes, and not to mention the text is oriented in various ...
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Are the five narrators in The Fifty Year Sword more than a gimmick?

Mark Z. Danielewski's The Fifty Year Sword is told by five narrators whose parts were ostensibly collected in interviews and tightly interleaved. Quoting the first page: Maybe because the history ...
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Is House of Leaves' ergodicity preserved as a digital text?

I've been trying to read House of Leaves for a couple years now, but don't have the opportunity to sit down with a big physical book for long stretches of time. I do, however, have much more time ...
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Why is the poem "Yggdrasil" placed where it is in House of Leaves, and which narrator included it?

At the very end of House of Leaves, there's a page: The word "Yggdrasil" doesn't appear anywhere else in the book, and the index, which amusingly lists every word in the book and where it shows ...
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What is the meaning of the blue X in the Three Attic Whalestoe Letters in House of Leaves?

In the middle of Appendix E of House of Leaves, "The Three Attic Whalestoe Letters", a mysterious blue "X" appears through the middle of an "e" on the page. Click to view ...
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