THE ALTERED SCALE Reviews Lance Olsen’s THEORIES OF FORGETTING (FC2)

Here’s an excerpt from Jefferson Hansen’s review:

Architecture is obviously spatial, but it is also temporal. We cannot take in the whole building—front, back, inside, outside—at once. We perceive a building as the unfolding of our moving and removing around and in it. Motion is temporal. Unlike reading a conventional novel, this unfolding takes place according to choices made by the perceiver. She decides which door to enter first. Which room to move to. Where to luxuriate and take in a portion of the building. When to attend to people or things within it. Olsen gives us five doors into the habitation of his novel: the two back covers and three small, nondescript side doors. The side doors are 1) photographs, 2) news clippings, and 3) a commentary generally, but not exclusively, on one of the primary stories. It is handwritten in blue ink. In a book that invites various beginnings/endings, there is no reason why we couldn’t start with one of the side doors. Each reader comes to inhabit this novel in a different temporal manner; his or motion through it is more like the way we experience a work of architecture than a conventional novel. Each reader also chooses which door to exit through.

Read the rest of the review HERE.

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