Thursday, December 06, 2007
The Interstitial Library is a haughty concept, but one rooted in semantics: As the strict cataloging system used by libraries is essentially infinite, there are a lot of books that have slipped through the cracks, either by not entering a standard library, or by simply not having been created yet. On the surface it's a rather silly concept , but on the other hand, it gropes at understanding the scale of actual literature hinted at by monkeys with typewriters: Infinite monkeys have a chance at hitting a Shakespeare, but, as probability goes when you reach infinity, could just as easily produce today's gradeschool lunch menu, A Million Little Pieces, or -- gah! -- this particular blog post. That's a lot of both existing and potential literature, and without the help of some library to catalog and track such infinite readings, you're stuck with the finite and self-contained library down the street. Granted, you're more likely to find what you're looking for at the public library, but the thing you're not looking for is much more interesting.