A Million Blue Pages

Wed, 19 Feb 2014

Beta Launch Announcement

Image of Betta fish by Anandarajkumar.

This is a post welcoming you to the Million Blue Pages project, a collaborative endeavor to "re-network" the novel House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. This project has evolved to include students at 7 schools, all reading the same novel and responding to it by creating and sharing content associated with a page in the novel. Inspired by Zak Smith's illustrations of what happens on every page of Gravity's Rainbow, our objective is to eventually account for each of House of Leaves's 743 (or so) pages of content.

Currently, you can use this website to learn more about the project and its participants. You can also learn how to contribute your own content -- and whoever you are, you are welcome to contribute!

Most importantly, though, you should be here to view the current state of our network. At the moment, the only view mode available is the large table of thumbnails, but I'm planning on adding more including a single page view and a better tag exploration mode. Got another idea? I'd love to hear it.

Similarly, if you find problems with the site, first please understand that this is a work in progress and therefore it is bound to have a few bugs or incomplete areas. If something's still bothering you about it or if it's simply not working, please get in touch me (Zach Whalen). I'm easiest to find on Twitter @zachwhalen, but there are other methods of reaching me as well.

This project exists thanks to the contributions and input of the primary #hol14 collaborators: Brian Croxall, Chuck Ryback, Mary Holland, Paul Hurh, Peter Katz, Jeremy Douglass, Steven Lemieux, and myself.

The history of the current idea goes back to 2011, which you can read more about on Mark Sample's blog. That year, Mark, Brian Croxall, Erin Templeton, Paul Benzon and I directed our students in a redux of the originally houseofleaves.com forums, calling ours thisisnotfor.us.

Web hosting and other support for amillionbluepages.net is being provided through the University of Mary Washington's Domain of One's Own initiative.

posted by zachwhalen at: 17:22 | path: /news | permanent link to this entry

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