February 7th, 2005

2020 lack of vision

what is the opposite of labyrinth?

I've been this weekend reading one of those books* about which one should never say, "I'll read a chapter or two before I go to bed". Trouble is, you never know if it's going to be half a paragraph long with lots of screaming or thirty pages of densely-written read-with-google film criticism/drugporn/lists with three layers of footnotes, set at random orientations across the page, in five different sizes and fonts, and occasionally in mirror writing, just for kicks.

Among other things (including such annoying abberations as "should of" for "should have") it suggested that "ark" was the opposite of "labyrinth". I was in three layers of unreliable narrators at the time, so maybe it was just random assertion, but it still sounds very wrong to me. So, what would be the correct opposite of labyrinth? You're all clever people, tell me.

I've included a couple of topical questions as a bribe.

Poll #432761 What is the opposite of labyrinth?

I would most like to get a Valentine's Day card from:

The Pope
Selma Hayek
Germaine Greer
Samurai Jack
Stephen Fry
The Littlest Hobo
my cat
my iPod

Your choices are no good, I want a Valentine's Day card from:

What is the opposite of labyrinth?

There was supposed to be a final question: Do you know what the Zones of Zinn are? The answers were yes, no, and I have google, I don't need to know.

I abandoned the question, because I have google, I don't need to know is correct under your current circumstances.

* IN this case, House of Leaves by Danielewski.