The Novelty of the Non-Novel: A Reflection on House of Leaves and Its Nontraditional Contradictions

There are some books that are better read standing up—others that are best digested lying in bed. There are few books, however, that are best enjoyed in front of a mirror at 3 o’clock in the morning. For anyone who has read Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, this image might seem familiar—it may even reflect their own experience reading it for the first time.

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Halloween Staff Picks: Favorite Incantations

As it happens another Halloween is upon us, and as it happens, it coincides with Hothouse’s website launch for the 2018-19 academic year. To celebrate, as an act of inauguration, we thought we’d do something collaborative, something that will stir up the spirits and press them to set a watchful eye over our site. Just kidding—we’re not superstitious. Not all of us. Not always. We just like magic.

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