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August 19, 2009

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Frankenstein Frankenstein

This is fun. Not a breezy read, but fun. Ed Park reviews a new book called A Monster’s Notes, in which:

Mary Shelley’s creation has come unstuck in time. He lives in New York or did until recently. He passes Tower Records, a Duane Reade drugstore.

And then! Park posts a remix/remake of that review. It’s even sketchier—even more like raw notes. Or like a David Markson book. Again, not an easy read, but I think you might enjoy it. Includes:

Sheck’s novel acknowledges Google searches. Wikipedia. Redirections. All this webwork.

“A Monster’s Notes” is an uncommonplace book. A site for revision, translation, error, confusion, melancholy. Limits of this method. Book is over 500 pages long, not without longueurs. (Could it have worked at 100 pages, at 50?) But heft becomes crucial to the experience. To exhaust the metaphors and the monster.


Are these my real notes or the ones I will publish? Which version has more energy?

Actually, the more I think about it, this might be the coolest thing I’ve read in weeks.

Posted August 19, 2009 at 1:49 | Comments (0) | Permasnark
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