By Rick Whitaker

Released as an interactive iBook in addition to a paperback and book, Rick Whitaker’s semi-autobiographical novel, a good Ghost, is composed completely of sentences appropriated from over 500 books. Whitaker restricted himself to utilizing three hundred phrases in step with publication (in accordance with reasonable Use); by no means taking sentences jointly; and not making any alterations, even to punctuation. within the iBook model, touching a sentence brings up its unique resource: a book’s identify, writer, and web page quantity. The event of acknowledging each one sentence as literary artifact, mixed with the imagined accretion of books that equipped a good Ghost, deftly mirrors the burgeoning nostalgia within the narrator’s voice and, fittingly, within the cautious reader’s center.

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My unicorn turned down dark streets, heading always in the same general direction, and when I saw the first black shapes of the tombstones against the night sky, the lightening night sky, I knew I’d been correct in my assumption of destination. The Saint Louis Cemetery. Oh, how I sorrow for anyone who has never seen the world-famous Saint Louis Cemetery in New Orleans. It is the perfect graveyard, the complete graveyard, the finest graveyard in the universe. (There is a perfection in some designs that informs the function totally.

Qrk 9/4/01 4:09 PM Page 25 TROUBLEMAKERS trying desperately to break through the outer circle to her. But it was solid and I could not pass. Only virgins could pass. And they would not let her go. They had been promised a feed, and they were there to claim. I began to cry, as I had cried when I finally heard what the mother had said, when I finally came home to the empty apartment and knew I had spent my life loving too much, demanding too much, myself a feeder at a board that could be depleted and emptied and serve up no more.

He had no illusions. He was a common footman, and he knew he would die out here, in the midst of the Great War VII. As though the detonation of the eighty-thread had been a signal, the weapons of Qarlo’s company opened up, fullon. The webbings crisscrossed the blackness overhead with delicate patterns—appearing, disappearing, changing with every second, ranging through the spectrum, washing the bands of colors outside the spectrum Qarlo could catalog. Qarlo slid into a tiny ball in the slush-filled bottom of the firmhole, waiting.

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