Mark Danielewski’s “House of Leaves” and Katherine Hayles’ “Writing Machines”

Posted: June 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hello, I would like to introduce you to my first blog entry where I have two books that seem to be very different in the content of what they are discussing in the book and they are also very different in size.  Like for instance, as I look at Writing Machines my first thought is that it is an easy read without even opening the book just based on the fact that it is my favorite color and its size even though I have been reading books long enough to realize that you can’t judge a book by its cover.  And maybe that’s a little cliché, but it’s the truth.  Now House of Leaves on the other hand is about three or four times the size of Writing Machines, but it does look a little more interesting with the various images on the cover.


Both books look very interesting to me, with Writing Machines having its barcode-like texture to it and words jumbled together like some sort of code that seems impossible to make out on the cover.  It has many pictures in it that shows how writing has evolved from many different forms including cave paintings, hieroglyphics, letters, and text messages.


I could not figure out what House of Leaves is all about just by looking at it unless it is a story about someone actually building a house of leaves, but I’m pretty sure that is not the case.  As I look through the book, there are some pages with words crossed out, upside down passages, one or two words, music notes and anything else you could think of so I believe this novel or whatever it is will be an extremely tough nut for me to crack.

  1. […] are links to some student blogs that touch on these subjects: Interactive Interfaces by Paul B. I Am a Writing Machine by Brandon C. empyrean411 by Omar G. The iNTELLECTUALLY iNTERACTIVE Phenomenon by Jessica […]

  2. Love the title of your blog, Brandon. It reminds me of the way we are first taught to write, as though there is a set and rigid formula, as though writers are just machines, following a program or code. I definitely think there is some irony in your choice.

    By the way, I created a blog entry with the questions we talked about today and included links to everyone else’s blogs:

  3. […] had the same feeling I did with the complete and utter loss of words when describing this […]

  4. O-MAR-GOSH says:

    Bro, I felt the same way lol. I had no idea what to think of House of Leaves. It’s just too tricky to figure out. I think it’s hilarious that you said that you have no idea what the book is about “unless it is a story about someone actually building a house of leaves.” Funny stuff. Can’t wait to see what else you have to say as we progress through the novel.

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