Category Archives: Quick
One thing I like about Cornell’s boxes, as I have said, is his ability to represent abstract ideas with concrete objects. In this box, I see the parrot as a combination of sound (song and speech) and color (the bird’s plumage) similar to what I experience when I perform music. I would like to use this as my inspiration for creating my quickness blox, since quickness in literature consists of simultaneity of thought and reading.
Since I experienced quickness as an auditory property of the book, I face the challenge of finding a way to adapt that experience to the visual medium of the blox. As a musician, I have always associated music with color. For example, a high E is an orange note to me, while the C, D, and E above middle C are more in the green range. This condition is called synesthesia; it means that when my auditory senses are stimulated, it triggers a neurological response which stimulates my visual senses, thus creating my dual experience of sounds and colors. With that in mind, I wish to combine sound and color in my blox, making what was previously an auditory experience into one which is also visual.
As with my posts on exactitude, I found it difficult to relate my experience of Mr. Penumbra to Calvino’s quality of quickness. However, I first listened to this novel as an audiobook, which actually helped me crystallize my thoughts about quickness in this work. The novel is written in a conversational style, as if the reader just sat down with the main character and listened to him tell his story. As I listened to the audiobook, I found myself eagerly anticipating what would happen next. The story moved along quickly, with twists and turns, but it also had that personal touch, like the main character’s witty asides and brief moments of reflection, so common to auditory storytelling. For me, the auditory aspect of the novel relates most closely to quickness because reading the book was like having a conversation with an old friend.