By Rick Whitaker
Released as an interactive iBook in addition to a paperback and publication, Rick Whitaker’s semi-autobiographical novel, a decent Ghost, is composed completely of sentences appropriated from over 500 books. Whitaker constrained himself to utilizing three hundred phrases consistent with publication (in accordance with reasonable Use); by no means taking sentences jointly; and not making any adjustments, even to punctuation. within the iBook model, touching a sentence brings up its unique resource: a book’s name, writer, and web page quantity. The adventure of acknowledging each one sentence as literary artifact, mixed with the imagined accretion of books that equipped a decent Ghost, deftly mirrors the burgeoning nostalgia within the narrator’s voice and, fittingly, within the cautious reader’s middle.
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There's hope for you yet, Bessie," he said. "Well, if I can't get Buddy on the phone, and even you won't help, I'm going to have to do something," Mrs. Glass said. Looking vastly troubled, she sat smoking for a long moment. Then: "If it was something strictly Catholic, or like that, I might be able to help her myself. I haven't forgotten everything. But none of you children were brought up as Catholics, and I really don't see—" Zooey cut her short. "You're off," he said, turning his lathered face toward her.
Glass interrupted, but cautiously. Zooey put a hand on each side of the washbowl and leaned his chest forward a trifle, his eyes on the general background of enamel. For all his slightness of body, he looked at that moment ready and able to push the washbowl straight through the floor. "The Four Great Vows," he said, and, with rancor, closed his eyes. ' Yay, team. I know I can do it. " His eyes stayed closed. "My God, I've been mumbling that under my breath three meals a day every day of my life since I was ten.
Glass seemed on the point of being diverted by Zooey's method of dealing with problems, but it was her day to suppress all forms of amusement. She stared at him for a moment, and then, slowly, a new look gathered in her eyes—resourceful, crafty, and a trifle desperate. "You know, I'm not as stupid as you may think, young man," she said. "You're all so secretive, all you children. " For emphasis, lips compressed, she brushed some imaginary tobacco flakes from the lap of her kimono. " Zooey turned and glanced at her.