Mark Z. Danielewski released a complex digital version of The Fifty Year Sword today, creating an interactive eBook for his ghost story.

We asked the author of House of Leaves what it was like proofreading his intricate digital book. He replied:

Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. And if anyone tired of reading those overs, they should avoid a career as a writer. I often joke — it’s not a joke — that writing comes down to having the strength to revisit repetition over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Reading is rereading. Writing is rereading and rewriting and rereading over and over and over again. And if by the end you don’t feel dizzy, nauseous, if there’s not an ugly taste in your mouth which you can’t wash out and you sure as hell can’t swallow, you’re not working hard enough.

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