Brodie, Quint, and Hooper.

(Received: 27th January)

Letter #89

Dear Blog,

Imagine you’re at sea. All around you, the endless ocean rolls on. But you’re not here to soak up the sun or enjoy a pleasure cruise. No, you’re out here looking for something. You know you can’t get away but at the same time you can’t find it. This isn’t your first time here Blog. Every time you’ve imagined this situation you’ve been here, in this exact same spot on this exact same boat in the same damn endless ocean. (Parts of the following letter were lost due to some kind of water damage; The fourth Dylan Monaghan). I know what                            . I thought       same th  g.                        aintbrush is the key, remem           mouth or the head. It’s smart r than you think.         udovician will app         . Remember it will                  barrels. It’s very st  ng.                              dictaphones! Do      let Scout                      instead. (The rest of the letter was undecipherable)

With regret and anticipation,

The first Dylan Monaghan

(Recieved: 28th January)

Letter #90

Dear Blog,

You’re probably confused about what everything in the last letter meant. That is okay. It will come in time. Today I just want to remind you to think outside the box. Draw the connections from outside sources to this book. The novel swims in and out of the central ideas of so many other works that it is hard to decide where those looted ideas end and this book begins. Then again, it doesn’t really have an end, does it? I tried so hard Blog, I really thought it could work. This isn’t the time for this story though, that will come in another letter. What is important now is that we focus on the Ludovician. It has been the cause for most of the paranoia in my life this year. Isn’t it terrifying? The idea that something can go unseen until it is too late? That a predator can end your existence with a quick bite. Between that and the fun of flipping pages to see our enemy swimming towards us, the book is almost impossible to put down. I had a dream last night. I was swimming through some kind of shipwreck to an island. It was hauntingly familiar. I wasn’t alone, I was relieved. Yet at the end, I still had more questions for myself than I did when I woke up ninety letters ago.

With regret and anticipation,

The first Dylan Monaghan


~ by brogarn on January 27, 2013.

8 Responses to “Brodie, Quint, and Hooper.”

  1. Once again (meaning since our last class meeting) I fancy this stylistic approach for writing about Raw Shark; the omission of words is especially provocative.

  2. this post amuses by mimicing the form of a disruptive eric sanderson text, creativelyt emphasizing the many deliberate holes in the narrative.

  3. I found this post compelling because its format mimicked the format of Raw Shark and gets you thinking about the devices used in the book and how they bring about certain responses from readers.

  4. This post is very interesting because it attempts to simulate the erasure process that Raw Sharks used.

  5. Alright this is my selection, I guess. So good work Dylan, many others chose it too oh wait crap im making sense and not talking about the book ohkay cahnging gearsnot backspacing either sharsk big did not like style okay um unlocking mmy subconscious omission of information is it information? i don’t know if i am oh wait it doesn’t really matter rats i backspaced but okay i am doing it right more clio like the psychic on tv and a dog and a storm and the end wiht the postcard i like casablanca this is a horrible thought experiencemtn i am not participating well but i do like how i just mixed experience and experiment ummmmm well i didn;t enjy this book much at all really but i guess i see the guys point and i;m glad for everyone else that they liked it or seemed too and hmm wonder how many words i could type versus how much i could hand write i can hear a voice through the airconditioner that is kind of eeerie like this book for example is also eerie how genius ummmmmmm also i can say that i liked the use of print to contrast

  6. I thought this post was the most alluring because of how it brings out certain expectations from the reader. There’s something about the scary nature of the book and of the shark coming at you that is seen throughout the letters from the First Eric Sanderson. The letters then carry about a feeling of fear/importance/weight that the Second Eric Sanderson comes to expect. The Shark is always a constant threat because of these letters. If we didn’t know about the letters in a big mixed pile became a protective device, then we wouldn’t realize that there was a danger to reading a single letter on its own without the protection of the dictaphone. Basically, fear is used throughout this book as an agent to keep us reading it. This is enhanced with the letters, because the letters meet our anticipations about what’s coming next. We are anxious about what’s coming next because we are afraid. The shark makes us afraid and the extreme circumstances of Eric’s condition/fugue states/possible psychotic break – which is also weird and scary. This whole book freaks me out.

  7. Im going to write about sharks right now because sharks are the thing that the book is talking about so I will talk about them now I want to write with an erasure effect but I cannot do that with constantly typing this book is eerie in a way it has many winks at the end I cannot help but want to watch Casablanca nw I don’t know if it is bad that I didn’t get ther eference before and everyone else did but now that I know, it still doesn’t matter to me because it is only the picture that matters. the still life in that picture what’s nintriguing is that the picture is a still picture which is a snapshot which we dont know is reality or not instead of a moving picture a book is like a moving picture in a way because the words on the page move from page to page like when the shark approached on the page for like fifty pages and I was confused on what’s going on that’s motion the ending isn’t but because of that it’s staring at you and telling you to deocde it in such a superfiical way… don’t go deep into it like I did its the emotion that you get from it you put the book down and you cannot help but smirk along iwth the characters at the end but maybe that’s bad because I set it down without thinking too much about the

  8. Love this post because it definitely offers insight into the text. I love that you formatted the letter to be your blog post and you included a humorous take on everything that happened. The spaces in the first letter of your post also are great. I like how you sort of poke fun at how Eric set out to change everything and figure out what had happened in the past however any months, years, etc, and he still seemed to be just as confused and unbearably unhappy as he was in the beginning, especially since he trusted a complete stranger and expected only good to come of it. When she had shown up in a leather jacket on a motorcycle moments before he was about to be slaughtered and knew exactly what was going on with him and everything else. And the idea that the unspace almost made for a more aggravating read than an exciting sort of read. The missing letters in your post

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