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Triple question marks are attached to the conclusion of 23 sentences; each sentence is printed on its own page starting on p.161 (a novel)

Questionnaires have advantages over some other types of literature in that they are cheap, do not require as much effort from the questioner as verbal or telephone surveys, and often have standardized answers that make it simple to compile data. However, such standardized answers may frustrate users. Questionnaires are also sharply limited by the fact that respondents must be able to read the questions and respond to them.

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The word “Pink” is printed at the bottom left of p.32, followed (on p.33) by a 49,288 word excerpt from “The Pink Bunny”; on p.473 “Bunny” is printed at the bottom of the page (at left) followed by a sentence on p.474

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The title for the novel explains what is seen on/between p.32 through 474 and focuses on an excerpt from a novel titled “The Pink Bunny” about an abstract painter. The words “Pink” and “Bunny” are also the frame that serves to enclose the excerpt, created out of the reality of the title itself. The excerpt is followed by many blank pages, but this emptiness still exists within the frame of “Pink” and “Bunny.” The frame “Pink” and “Bunny” does not enclose the sentence on page 474.

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The Concert Register of Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005) is printed (starting on page 7) with every concert featuring the music of Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) printed in the color of red (the frontispiece on page 2 is a reference to this idea). The inspiration for printing the words of Jesus in red comes from Luke 22:20 – “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which I shed for you”. On June 19, 1899, Louis Klopsch (1852-1910)…

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The Concert Register of Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005) is printed (starting on page 7) with every concert featuring the music of Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) printed in the color of red (the frontispiece on page 2 is a reference to this idea). The inspiration for printing the words of Jesus in red comes from Luke 22:20 – “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which I shed for you”. On June 19, 1899, Louis Klopsch (1852-1910) conceived the idea while working on an editorial. Klopsch asked his mentor Rev. T. De Witt Talmage what he thought of a testament with the words spoken by Jesus printed in red ink and Dr. Talmage replied, “It could do no harm and it most certainly could do much good.”

They place his given-name (“Todd”) on pages 25 through 58. Then they place his middle names (“Earl”) on p.322 and (“Winkels”) on pages 356 through 411. Then they place his Catholic confirmation name (“Augustine”) on p.455…


The word ‘autobiography’ was first used deprecatingly by William Taylor in 1797 in the English periodical the Monthly Review, when he suggested the word as a hybrid but condemned it as ‘pedantic’; but its next recorded use was in its present sense by Robert Southey in 1809. The form of autobiography however goes back to antiquity. Biographers generally rely on a wide variety of documents and viewpoints; an autobiography, however, may be based entirely on the writer’s memory. 
Autobiographical works are by nature subjective. The inability — or unwillingness — of the author to accurately recall memories has in certain cases resulted in misleading or incorrect information. Some sociologists and psychologists have noted that autobiography offers the author the ability to recreate history.
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The sentence printed at the top of p.14 is Duplicated in the middle of p.168 and bottom of p.544 within the Context of a 234,348 word text…(a novel)

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Deixis: from the Greek word for “pointing” (as in “index”), refers to the process of pointing with words. Deixis studies the contextual referents for demonstratives (”this”,”that”), pronouns (“I”, “you”, “it” etc.), verb tenses, context-referential adverbs of time and place (“then”,”here”)and a variety of other grammatical features tied directly to the circumstances of utterance.

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ISBN: 9781329436855
Publisher: Liver Pizza Press
Published: October 16, 2015
Language: English
Pages: 612
Binding: Perfect-bound, Paperback
Interior: Ink – Black & white
Weight: 2.19 lbs.
Dimensions (inches): 6 wide x 9 tall

False Barnyard: a novel (2012)

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“It’s the part that ‘ties the room together’ in the whole ‘Barnyard Suite’ thing. The dude just wanted his False Barnyard back.”

The Beach Boys “Smile Sessions” box set caused much internet discussion and debate among fans of the legendary unfinished album “SMiLE” from 1966/67. The pages and pages of scholarly debate contrasted with mindless banter regarding prices, shipping and content was a phenomenon to behold, and a fascinating look into pure obsession. No attempt was made to use the most interesting bits from the discussions. The author simply chose a discussion – warts and all – encompassing boring mindless banter mixed with insightful comments on “SMiLE” to reveal the “story” on the reception of a long awaited box set. The results are a surreal journey into a strange mythology.

Comments found online about the novel:

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Bridge to Indians (a novel)

They publish books of Conceptual Literature, whose titles describe the content in detail.

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To create “Bridge To Indians” Todd Van Buskirk navigated to the now defunct “Smile Shop” website and found a section called “Notable Quotes” collected from certain key players involved in the drama of “SMiLE.” The author took these quotes, word for word, and expanded and mixed the text with a Markov Text Synthesizer to construct a dreamy narrative culled from the actual dramatis personae involved in the mystery that is “SMiLE.”.

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