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Literary Games and Instrumental Texts 1.0 (posted 26 April 2004)
Borges, “The Interloper” (CP);
Natalie Bookchin, The Intruder: http://dian-network.com/con/intruder/;
“Literary Games” issue of PoemsThatGo: http://www.poemsthatgo.com/gallery/fall2003/poems.htm.
i like how the one poem in 'poems that go' forces you to read the poem with sound *and* tempo. i started guessing what the next words would be...and finished the poem (i guess) when it stopped.
the bookchin story is...interesting...you can actually read very little of the story because you are concentrating so hard on playing the games to 'win' pieces of text. the last section was expecially challenging because i knew i had to keep following the little red firgure in order to find out what would happen after i finished all the games. interesting concept.
Anyone else having troubles understanding the relationship of "The Interloper" with this class?
Until this class, I'd always associated literary games with Balderdash and Scrabble. But now I see a world of new possibilities! Woohoo!
I'd like to see literary games applied to Shakespeare.
THE PAOMNNEHAL PWEOR OF THE HMUAN MNID
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't
mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny
iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit
pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it
wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed
ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
these 'games' - repetetive literary amusements - are to literature (poetry and fiction) what sports are to the tradition of warfare in modern society. both are removed and newer forms of the phenomenon that have greater mass appeal and are much easier to negotiate.