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9.21.2004

another imaginary library

(Not that you can have too many.) As soon as I mentioned the Interstitial Arts, I happened upon news of the Interstitial Library (via Coalescent, via Dora Goss).

What's an Interstitial Library you ask? Well, there's a handy FAQ:

What is the Interstitial Library?

The Interstitial Library is that infinite collection of books–obscure, lost, or not yet written–that belong in the spaces between the books on a library shelf.

Where is the Interstitial Library? Can I visit it?

The Interstitial Library is located in the Interstitial States–labyrinthine passages outside ordinary space-time. Visitors are welcome.

How do I get to it?

Generally, by sliding between two books on your bookshelf, or by correctly pronouncing the word "hh."

What is the Interstitial Library’s Circulating Collection?


The Interstitial Library’s Circulating Collection is a mobile library of interstitial books. Its holdings are dispersed around the world (potentially, the universe), in private collections, used bookstores, junk shops, garbage heaps, etc.


And should you be wondering what an interstitial book is, the answer is delightful.

An interstitial book is one that falls between categories defined by the standard guide to library cataloguing, the AACR2R (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Revised). This may be for a variety of reasons. For example, because it lies between accepted genres or disciplines; because it is notable for qualities not often recognized as intrinsic (such as smell or taste); or because it does not yet exist, no longer exists, or is entirely imaginary. Many, but not all interstitial books are obscure: some canonical books are interstitial, while some may become interstitial by association. Please see our cataloguing guidelines for details.

UPDATED: Note that since I am so busy I apparently don't comprehend what I read anymore, I completely forgot to notice this is a project of that Queen of Hypertext Shelley Jackson, which explains why it rocks. This came to my attention over at the always wonderful Little Toy Robot.

2 Comments:

  • At 8:19 AM , Blogger Little Toy Robot said...

    That's so cool! Thanks for pointing it out.

     
  • At 8:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I could've sworn I'd once seen (and posted about) a poem describing a set of mostly imaginary books, but I can't remember enough about it to do a decent search. Anyway, cool Interstitial Library!

     

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