The original text had its own page of sort-of instructions on how a person could potentially read the book a few different ways. The reader is still free to read the way the book was physically published through this digital means somewhat—although there’s nothing quite like the book in hands, holding a place with one finger while skipping through or back and forth, losing where you were completely and finding something else entirely.
Digitizing this text on a website has given expanded capability for a pixelization of the 99 Problems which makes it possible not only to provide the two methods of passing through the aphorisms, but also to hyperlink into and throughThe Excavation, most notably through the indexical pages.
99 Problems Structure
The aphorisms of 99 Problems began as an initial chunk of 13 numbered aphorisms. After the thirteenth, however, the linear of engagement of writing one by one became dictated not how one thought would be carried out one step at a time, but 13 thoughts. #14 & #15 follow the path begun by aphorism #1, #16 and #17 grew from #2—once the numbers climb high enough each of the 13 thoughts double again, expanding on the original 13 paths. While the concepts circle, the aphorisms as they are typed on the page were imprinted one after another and does have its own rhythm as a narrative sequence and serves as a temporal record.
The Excavation of Its Future Memory Structure
The Excavation can also be read two ways. It was written on 9 sheets of paper, the initial go around on one side of the paper following the numbered pages. Once the thin stack of 9 pages was completed it was flipped over in its entirety and the typing continued. Therefore the text can be read in temporal order or material order.
Within the text of The Excavation there are also footnotes that take place as part of the text, just in another spot in the temporal order, written in another time. There is also the aforementioned index which in this iteration of this work will be able to be hyperlinked directly to the aphorism in question. So in one way it is recommended to dive in with The Excavation since by they end you will have been also pulled through the 99 Problems as well. But in another way it is quite lovely to go through in the way the typewriter keys tacked along, with the aphorisms serving as an introduction to The Excavation of Its Future Memory.
We leave it up to the reader to decide where to start.
As for the images printed in the book, they can be found in a gallery on a page provided to serve as the master Table of Contents.