Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Dictionary of Don Martin




AAAAGH! EEEEEOOOW ACK!
UGH UGH MMP AGH! AEEK Removal Of A Deep Rooted Tooth
AAAK AAK Busy City People Coughing
AAEEFWOFAAEE One Of Tarzan's Special Animal Calls
AAHT AAHHT BLOOOOT Busy City Horns
ACK Man choking
ACK GAK GARK! Man Having A Heart Attack
AGH! UGH! ARG! Man Struggling With A Fishing Pole
AHH- AHH- Ahh …. THOONOONN Iron Man Sneezing Inside His Iron Mask
AHHHHHHHHHH Frankenstein Inhaling
AHWEEEEEE-AK A Cow Horn...

Click here or on the picture for the full Dictionary!

*
Your eyes dart left. Your fist suddenly goes boing! Sticks out. Head swivels. Whoa. Back arch. Leg. Sudden diaper squirt. Things are happening everywhere. And each one of the things that happen, the random little twitchy things, sends a message to central control that feels a certain way. So you begin to correlate. And your mouth turns out to be probably the most important piece of the pie. When you cry you get results, and when you suck you get milk, and when you go Nnnnnnng! The face above you smiles and goes "'Nnnning," what do you mean 'Nnng,' you funny little baby?" Reflecting it back.

And you start to see that all these sounds that you can make - ngo, merk, plort - that you begin to hear, can be classified in certain ways. You're a newborn brain, you've only recently come out of solitary confinement in the uterus, and you're already a cryptanalyst in Bletchley Park. You're already parsing though, looking for similarities and differences, looking for patterns, looking for beginnings and endings and hints of meaning..."

-- "Paul Chowder" on where rhyme comes from, in Nicholson Baker's forthcoming novel, The Anthologist

2 comments:

the unreliable narrator said...

Okay WHERE ARE YOU GETTING THESE, you tantalizing little blog-man?!? Meaning the Baker excerpts of course. (I'm a big fan.)

Doug Gilford said...

Just thought I'd update your Don Martin Dictionary links:
http://www.madcoversite.com/dmd.html