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Odd Words January 14, 2010

Posted by The Typist in Odd Words, Toulouse Street.
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Just back from a gruesome business trip and thinking about Haiti a lot and there really isn’t much on the literary calendar in New Orleans this next week. So while Haiti is much on our minds:

§ I have never read Madison Smartt Bell's widely praised All Souls’ Rising (a nominee for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award) but its going on the book pile. I did read his Master of the Crossroads, which focuses on Toussaint Louverture and the intersection of Haitian voodoun and the apocopyltic revolution. Highly recommended. I will also need to polish off this trilogy at some point and read The Stone that the Builder Refused

§ And now, for something complete different courtesy of HTMLGIANT: In 2006, Adobe Systems commissioned an art installation titled San Jose Semaphore by Ben Rubin, which is located at the top of its headquarters building. Semaphore is composed of four LED discs which “rotate” to transmit a message. The content of the San Jose Semaphore’s message remained a mystery until it was deciphered in August 2007. The visual art installation is supplemented with an audio track, transmitted from the building on a low-power AM station. The audio track provides clues to decode the message being transmitted. The San Jose semaphore has been broadcasting the full text of Thomas Pynchon’s 1966 novel, The Crying of Lot 49.

§ And, um, Odd Words. I think someone got an OED for Christmas, or is just making some of these up. There are some gems. Comic Sans, however, is an abomination but consider the source. I’m with these folks.

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