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Media to Watch, Read or Avoid

The Interogative Mood: A Review?

Did you also hear about this book on NPR? Does a novel require a protagonist, antagonist, a narrative? What if a book was just a stream of questions? Have you read Padget Powell’s book, Interogative Mood: A Novel? Did you find it something of a hard coded Voight-Kahmpfftest? Am I a replicant because I had limited emotional responses to many of its questions? Or were the moments I laughed aloud at the author’s jokes signs that I am human after all? Why are there no Blade Runner jokes in the whole book? Would it have harmed the novel to throw out one electric sheep just for the fan boys? Or would the modernness of Blade Runner’s dark future have ruined the vintage persona affected by the narrator? Was the author aware of the writings of Philip K. Dick? Was the narrator? Was the author supposed to be the narrator? Or is the narrator a character invented by the author? Should we answer the questions one by one and slowly make our way through the pages, or simply read and accept that these questions are rhetorical? Finally since I read this on my Kindle and made extensive notes and highlights, how in the world can I share these highlights on my blog? Don’t you find it odd that in the world of all these eReaders none of them seem able to provide anything approaching the social capabilities of the Gutenberg version? I mean what’s the point of being permanently connected to the Whispernet regardless of where I go when I can’t simply share an annotation with my fellow reader? Should this book have been published as such? Or would some new medium like Twitter with @replies and retweets have made better binding? Will you read this book? Why not?