Vampires

[info]sacredchao23 posted today about a nifty project that’s going on over at [info]dracula1897. Beginning 3 May 2006, the community begins posting the novel Dracula in real time (“real” as it pertains to the dates of the letter, journal, and diary entries in Bram Stoker’s book). More about the project from [info]dracula1897‘s user info:

It’s the entire text of the novel, as published in 1897, but the format here requires a couple of changes:

  • Here, the documents will be posted in strict chronological order; in the novel, they’re sometimes mixed around a little.
  • Bram Stoker didn’t use hyperlinks. Here, if someone’s diary entry references someone else’s telegram, or someone’s letter talks about an earlier letter, there’ll be a link to that within the post. Hopefully this’ll clear up any confusion the first issue creates.

If you’ve never read this classic, I encourage you to sign up and follow along. I first came to it when I was ten or so years old and bought a copy at Cosmic Aeroplane, one of Salt Lake City’s first head shops, at its original Ninth and Ninth location. Dracula represented my first literary experience: I already read voraciously, but this was the first time I realized that there was another level of enjoyment to be garnered from a book not just the story being told but how it was told.

And, on the subject of a different kind of vampire, this today from The New York Times: “Publisher to Recall Harvard Student’s Novel.” That didn’t take long, did it? The rise and fall of Kaavya Viswanathan was a fairly quick one, the trajectory downward beginning last Sunday morning when The Harvard Crimson published its article “Student’s Novel Faces Plagiarism Controversy.” If you want to trace the whole tawdry tale back to where it started, just enter Kaavya Viswanathan in the search box at the Crimson website. Numerous articles await you.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!

(By the way, those words belong Sir Walter Scott; not me.)

Lastly, the 69 Contest is officially over. Any additional entries received will be read and perhaps enjoyed, but will not be eligible for the contest. The winner will be announced later this weekend. Thanks to everyone who participated and stay tuned for more contests.

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