A list of useful threads for those new to this siteWelcome to the of Leaves Forum! This thread is here to give you a short introduction to the things that have been explored on the board so far. The board has been up and running for about four years, so there is a lot to get through and a lot has been discussed. However, the good thing is that very little has been agreed upon, so your opinion, as long as it is new, counts just as much as the opinion of a veteran poster. We ask that you do as we once did, and read threads for a while without posting, so you know the general gist of what has been said (and, more importantly, what has not been said). Two things. We have wondered why the word is in blue, and we have looked into the whole Yggdrasil thing. Talk about it by all means, but please do it in a thread that has already been opened. You will find a couple of threads here, but there are plenty more. Once you have had a chance to look through these threads, you can continue onto A Guide to the Forum, a more comprehensive list and summary of all the important threads, and then onto Key to All Mythologies, the beginning of a commentary to the book. Well, that's it really. Be sure to take a look at the Out of the Way Forum, and introduce yourself here if you want. Hope you enjoy your time here.
Color and Text
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Colour and Text:
What's with the colors
The Obvious being the question 'Why is the word "" in blue?'
Photography and Images:
Appendix II-C. Collages
Kevin Carter & F*ck Buttons
Some background on the photographer who took the original 'Delial' photo and a suggestion of the significance of buttons in of Leaves.
More background on the picture.
Kalapana, Hawaii 1993
An examination of the photos of various s in one of the appendicies.
"Alexander Gardner's photograph of the Union dead"
Begins by providing a link one of the sources mentioned in a footnote, then develops into a discussion on art and truth.
Explores the nature of myth as it relates to of Leaves. First appearence of John B.'s 'Unbound book' theory.
An attempt to explain why the book has so many intentional inconsistencies.
" and Universe"
Examines Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space.
derrida and footnote 137
Last Page: Yggdrasil?
What's in a Name?
Karen as author
Possible connections between Karen and Pelafina and Karen's birthdate.
Zampano's ------> French Foreign Legion
A hint at Zampano's history.
Why does Zampano write TNR? And why does Johnny edit it?
Jacob and Esau
Comprehensive guide to printings/editions/ISBN's etc.
Links to other printing edition threads
Codes for Dummies
An interesting code found in the list of photographers, which the following two threads can help explain.
Sibyl of Cumae
I thought this was interesting
Love my ironies
Source Material: Building a Library for (from) the
The thread also takes in Bronte and Ovid as well.
I merely wanted Glas. That is all.
A look at one book that seems to have been a great influence on of Leaves.
Hofstadter and Bach's Little Harmonic Labyrinth
Another possible influence.
Though strictly speaking this thread is really about Borges. . .
. . . as is this.
Coincidence. . . ? I think not.
This thread looks at the influence of Slyvia Plath on HoL
Fire in Zero Gravity
This thread takes its starting point from the final part of Exploration #5 and explores The problems and inconsistencies of lighting matches in a Zero G environment, then questions whether the labyrinth could be a Zero G environment. Also asks whether it is our copy of of Leaves Navidson is reading there. And much more besides.
Physics, the repetition of four in the book and much more.
. . .DNE
Critique Magazine Interview
Who is this "you" Johnny addresses?
That struck line in chapter XXI, why is it "in" purple?
About the title. . .
September 19, 1988 - hypertext edition
Why does the check mark appear on page 97 of the American edition?
This is not for you..
Know some call is air am
What does Footnote k refer to?
Intertextual Intercises and Footnotes
Looks at a number of possible readings for "Leaves" in the title.
Noticed that "pisces" is where "pieces" should be? Think that's the only "typo" in HoL? Think again.
What does the Hex stuff mean?
Miscellaneous, or: "Here until I can come up with new categories":
Is Mark Z. Danielewski posting on this site, or has he ever? This thread won't tell you, but it tells you the reasons why.
Hey, D.J!: Lyrics from (non-POE) songs in HoL
Sometimes a whale is just a whale
Are we pissing our spare time up the wall trying to work out this book? How much of what we see in it was actually intentional on Danielewski's part? Does it matter?
Is it our copy of of Leaves Navidson is reading?
the as a grave
For the discerning newbie, Exploration Z is a den of treasures, including:
The Idiot's Guide to of Leaves
The Random Reader's Guide