Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Bathroom Monologue: Contextualization: A Picaresque

The main theme of my new picaresque is context, or my theory that readers must know as much about the author, his intents, his culture and world as possible to be able to have event a decent understanding of his work. I went through eleven drafts, though the first ten were destroyed so that people don’t find and try to study them later. Their interpretations could be disastrous. They were mere print drafts, you see. The eleventh draft is a perfect edition, released exclusively to internet-capable e-readers that enable every word in the book to be hyperlinked to an article explaining it. The footnotes of the ninth edition were exhaustive, with only one word of the work per page and the rest of the space devoted to explanation of how this one word altered the sound of how the sentence should be pronounced, how its course was forever altered, and the possible medieval allusions of its etymology, but they were still too limited. No, my genius could only be comprehended with thorough usage of certain websites, diagrams, paintings and youtube videos. That is why the eleventh edition indirectly connects to roughly 23% of the content linked to on Google. By following every link you can properly begin to understand what I intended by such classic word choices as “Cervantic,” “Dionysus” and “the.” My publisher expects it to replace Strunk and White as the seminal text on composition and literary theory by next February.

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