This article considers different experiences available to the reader of Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire by exploring the novel through concepts familiar from videogaming, such as the warp, the glitch, and the Let’s Play, developing particular parallels with the Nintendo game Super Mario Bros. All of these potential modes of experience are comprised in the playerly text, which serves as a conduit linking together a work’s past, present, and future readers.
ok this is definitely weirder and more unexpected than the hamlet/x-files article. this is. perhaps the most unexpected.
like i guess, the author is going “ppl say that pale fire is a precursor to hypertext — let’s go one step further” which is not totally unsensemaking, and also how due to the nature of the text different readers have different experiences which u could comp to video games, i just. did not. when looking thru this journal. expect to find the words “lets play” and “super mario brothers” w/r/t nabokov . im??? all about that sort of thing???? its just too early in the morning.
its open access hurrah so heres the link.
lbr that “andrew hussie is doing what brecht would” essay is basically never far from my mind
I’m reading this essay now and it’s so rad. It makes excellent arguments as to how Let’s Play’s and Pale Fire are both contingent on the audience having prior (or at least macro-linear) knowledge of the narrative inside what they’re observing, and how the novel becomes an exercise in “reading for error” (like the mountain/fountain mix-up) in the same way that some gamers seek to exploit glitching in their replays.
Ugggggggh it’s REALLY REALLY GOOD I wish I could write things this smart they’re SO GREAT.
Dear employers, I will have to take the day off today because:
☐ It’s December and the streets are papier-mached with wet bronze leaves and it’s so dark outside that the cars have their headlights on at 3pm
☐ I have recently been through a breakup, or I have been through a breakup at any time in my life really, and I woke up today with the absolute conviction that I will never be loved again
☐ A dog looked at me
☐ I got a text from someone for whom I feel a mix of concern and frustration and recognition and longing that is both more and less than romance
☐ Someone made a joke about dead pets meeting you in heaven
☐ Daylight savings time
☐ I passed a knot of flowers that were so bright they glowed through the dim grey water of the day and when was anything in my life last that luminous?
☐ Girls are too pretty
☐ For the first time I genuinely comprehend that there is not enough time to have all the lives I wanted
☐ I accidentally listened to Leonard Cohen
Not gonna lie the way hair is done in Sailor Moon Crystal just kept making me think of Dave’s hair from the gigaunpause update ahahahahaha
The great thing about Eris and I thinking about watching yaoipedal is that they’re like “I want to watch it… except for that one guy, who scares me” and I’m just “are you kidding me, he’s why I want to watch it” and they just give me this look of disgust.