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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Set Design for an 18-Hour Play

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:25 PM

Source data for an Instagram story this evening —

An image from the story itself —

Related reading — "Flame Alphabet" in this journal.

From that link . . .

See also . . .

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Tombstone Code

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:00 AM

For Dan Brown enthusiasts, a sequel to the previous post, "The Tombstone Source."

As that post notes, the following symbol is now used as a story-end "tombstone" at
T : The New York Times Style Magazine.  The Times  uses style-sheet code, not
the rarely used unicode character below, to produce the tombstone.

Related material — The novel The Flame Alphabet  by Ben Marcus
that was reviewed in January 2012 by Commentary  magazine :

Fiction, Fiction, Burning Bright

D. G. MYERS / JAN. 19, 2012

Ben Marcus, The Flame Alphabet 
(New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012).
304 pp. $25.95.

According to the Jews, the world begins
with speech. God says, “There is light,”
and so there is light. But what if something
happened — it doesn’t really matter what —
and speech turned lethal?

That’s the premise of The Flame Alphabet ,
the third novel by Ben Marcus,
a creative writing professor at Columbia
University….

A much better novel along these lines is Lexicon  (2013) by Max Barry.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Flame Diary

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

Last Saturday's post Against Dryness quoted "Gone Girl,"
a recent film about an untypical couple. 

Other works of interest:

The Flame Alphabet  (Ben Marcus, 2012) and
The Folded Clock  (Heidi Julavits, 2015).

Marcus and Julavits are husband and wife. As in
"Gone Girl," both are very bright, and the wife
writes a diary. (No other resemblance between
the couples is apparent.)

Update of 6:40 PM ET March 31:

A 1983 review by the parents of Ben Marcus —

Update of 7:09 PM March 31:

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