just finished re-reading _Subcutanean_ (https://subcutanean.textories.com/), except this time I was reading two copies in parallel (i.e., read a section in copy A, then read that same section copy B, then move onto the next section in copy A, etc). reading it this way definitely brought out the "a million USB keys floating to a million surfaces" aspect of the text, though it also underlined how much the "spine" of the story is more or less static, despite all of the surface variations
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just had a fun discussion about _Subcutanean_ in my computational narrative class. we started high-minded and philosophical ("is this one story whose narrative discourse varies, or multiple distinct stories? how does *this particular* narrative benefit from generativity? is the obsession with underground spaces just a western trope, or a deeper cultural universal?") but ended up just telling each other about the weird variations we got in our copies
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