By Rick Whitaker
Released as an interactive iBook in addition to a paperback and book, Rick Whitaker’s semi-autobiographical novel, a good Ghost, is composed totally of sentences appropriated from over 500 books. Whitaker restricted himself to utilizing three hundred phrases in keeping with booklet (in accordance with reasonable Use); by no means taking sentences jointly; and not making any alterations, even to punctuation. within the iBook model, touching a sentence brings up its unique resource: a book’s name, writer, and web page quantity. The adventure of acknowledging each one sentence as literary artifact, mixed with the imagined accretion of books that equipped a decent Ghost, deftly mirrors the burgeoning nostalgia within the narrator’s voice and, fittingly, within the cautious reader’s middle.
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An Honest Ghost by Rick Whitaker