The READIN Family Album
Me and Sylvia on the canal in Qibao (April 2011)


Jeremy's journal

Language speaks, because speaking is its pleasure and it can do nothing else.

Penelope Fitzgerald

(This is a subset of my posts)
Front page

Archives index
Subscribe to RSS

This page renders best in Firefox (or Safari, or Chrome)

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

🦋 things

Some asemic poetry from Volodymyr Bilyk:

posted afternoon of May 25th, 2014: Respond

Saturday, May third, 2014

🦋 A different kind of asemic writing

The final canto of Altazor is sui generis. It is "asemic" -- it communicates a text without using an established language.


Al aia aia
ia ia ia aia ui
Lali lalá
Rimbibolam lam lam
Uiaya zollonario
Monlutrella monluztrella
Montresol y mandotrina
Ai ai
Montesur en lasurido
Lusponsedo solinario
Aururaro ulisamento lalilá
Ylarca murllonía
Hormajauma marijauda
Olamina olasica lalilá
Olandera uruaro
Ia ia campanuso compasedo
Aí ai mareciente y eternauta
Redontella tallerendo lucenario
Ia ia
Ai i a
Ai ai aia
layu yu
ayu yu
Sensorida e infimento
Ululayo ululamento
Cantasorio ululaciente
Oraneva yu yu yo
Infilero e infinauta zurrosía
Jaurinario ururayú
Montañendo oraranía
Arorasía ululacente
ivarisa tarirá
Campanudio lalalí
Auriciento auronida
Io ia
Ai a i a a i i i i o ia
Here is Juan Ángel Italiano reading it:

posted afternoon of May third, 2014: Respond
➳ More posts about Altazor: The Journey by Parachute

Thursday, October third, 2013

🦋 Kingdom of Love

The visuals in this cartoon are at moments strikingly reminiscent of the Codex Seraphinianus. Let's listen to the Soft Boys.

(I'm a bit blown away also by the quality of the mashup, which is Unavión Ounpájaro' s editing of "Fantastic Planet" by Deloux.)

posted evening of October third, 2013: Respond
➳ More posts about Music

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

🦋 2 rostros asémicos

posted evening of September 7th, 2013: Respond

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

🦋 Macrocryptography

posted afternoon of May 26th, 2012: Respond
➳ More posts about Pretty Pictures

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

🦋 the calligrapher replies Ⅰ

A delightful bit of asemia that we saw at the NC museum of art: Tom Phillips*, the calligrapher replies Ⅰ.

According to the NC Museum of Art Handbook of the Collections,
"The painting is a tease. It invites and resists interpretation. Viewers can pick out a word here, a phrase there, but the artist has intentionally entrapped the content within the written maze."

(worth trying out as a wallpaper as well)

*And lo and behold! I did not recognize his name -- it turns out Mr. Phillips is the author of A Humument, now available in its 5th edition and in app form for iPad.

posted evening of December 31st, 2011: Respond
➳ More posts about Wallpaper

Wednesday, February second, 2011

🦋 Borrowed Beams of Light

Ryan of Rock and Wry* is in a band called Borrowed Beams of Light; they are soliciting donations to help produce their first full-length record. And that's not all! The tunes on this record will be "loosely based on a 500 year old, vellum manuscript known as The Voynich Manuscript." Far out, I can't wait to hear! Go pledge. $10 gets you a record when it's ready, $25 gets you a record when it's ready plus their previous short-format CD.

* (Which I am happy and puzzled to discover is a 2-drummer blog)

posted afternoon of February second, 2011: Respond
➳ More posts about The Voynich Manuscript

Friday, November 19th, 2010

🦋 A Human Document

Via a post of LanguageHat's I discover a new work that is utterly sui generis -- author Tom Phillips' ongoing project A Humument -- potentially infinite (or Babelianly astronomically finite) stories extracted selectively from W.H. Mallock's novel A Human Document, by altering the book:

This reminds me in certain ways of asemic writing -- though clearly the words have meaning, are to be read as pieces of language and not only as a visual arrangement of forms, I react to them as I would to the shapes and scribbles of Roberto Altmann or Mindy Fisher or Serafini, where the semantic element of the language is "all in my head".

posted evening of November 19th, 2010: Respond
➳ More posts about Language

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

🦋 Filthy asemic birds

Mindy Fisher's ornaglyphic logograms resonate between violence and innocence:

(Found thanks to The New Postliterate)

posted evening of November 17th, 2010: Respond

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

🦋 Twisting and turning

Michael Jacobson, blogger at The New Post-Literate, has started working on an "asemic novel" consisting (so far) of animated logograms -- he is documenting the work in progress at a new blog, Mynd Eraser.

(I love the scribbles running off the page and reconstituting themselves...)

posted afternoon of September 28th, 2010: Respond
➳ More posts about Readings

Previous posts about Logograms

Drop me a line! or, sign my Guestbook.
Check out Ellen's writing at

What do you think?

Jeremy Osner on Fragments

Where to go from here...

South Orange
Friends and Family