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Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves
“There was a book. Oh man was there a book. It is still to this day a book I mention it to any book lover if asked for a recommendation. The best books stick with you, often reminding you of the power, and potential, of storytelling, and House of Leaves is one of those books.”—Michael Seidlinger, in this Bookmarked volume on Mark Z. Danielweski’s classic of experimental co ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Ig Publishing
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House of Leaves is like an addiction. It pulls the reader in with the same kind of obsession that the characters themselves display. It leaves one with that incredible NEED for more while still being totally complete, so there's no way to resist picking up this book to be able to dig even further in, to get inside what it was like for someone else being the only way to go any further since all that was written. There's just no way that wasn't going to be amazing, though the text makes clear Seid ...more
This is probably the most awful thing I have ever read in my entire life. I can appreciate the fact that this series aims to share an author’s experience at reading another piece of work, and that this is by no means an analysis of House of Leaves; but this reads like an angsty, egocentric, pseudo-intellectual, early 20 year old’s diary. It’s as if Holden Caulfield grew up and wrote a book, although Caulfield would likely understand the difference between “it’s” and “its”. Extraordinarily disapp ...more
House of Leaves had a profound effect on me eleven years ago and never really left me. The strange novel began occupying my thoughts again recently, so I sought out texts that might inform a second reading. I had hoped for more from this book in the way of analysis, but instead I got a lot of Seidlinger doing a lot of stream-of-consciousness riffs on the woes of the creative process. At least half of this book consists of the author lamenting over the writer's block he experienced while writing ...more
MICHAEL J SEIDLINGER is a Filipino American author of My Pet Serial Killer, Dreams of Being, The Fun We’ve Had, and nine other books. He has written for, among others, Buzzfeed, Thrillist, and Publishers Weekly, and has led workshops at Catapult, Kettle Pond Writer's Conference, and Sarah Lawrence. He is a social media coordinator for The Authors Guild, co-founder and member of the arts collective ...more