Subject A Obliterates

A Little 24 hr Autism In The Night...

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Jason stood up and brushed.

The rest of us waited. Temporal dislocation was not really our thing but the guy needed space more than time and, anyway, 'his hair was growing faster than his toenails' as Nanny used to say.

"My intention," he started "is to complete the Great British Novel by only using off cuts of other books. The spaces inbetween the paragraphs in pre-existing novels, the deleted phrases, the extensions and revisions that no one gets to see..."

Mark started the usual complaints "But you-" etc etc

"Close reading will be enough, I think, " continued Jason. "You read hard enough, paying attention, and the offcuts will make themselves known, even if some novels have less than you'd expect. Orwell's 1984, for example, has only one offcut - the phrase 'a sandwich, even if they'd decided that this was already beyond comprehension' is missing from page 17, paragraph 2. Other books have whole novels worth of offcuts that I intend to screw together, word by word..."


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