A serial novel called “Holy Crap,” author unknown, is appearing on lampposts in the East Village of New York City. (Photo Credit: CC BY-SA/Tomas Fano/Flickr)

New York City blogger EV Grieve discovered an interesting example of interactive art in the East Village on Monday. According to Grieve, an unknown author has begun to post pages of a new serial mystery novel entitled “Holy Crap.” Each page of the novel is posted with directions to the lamppost where readers can find the next page following the story text.

‘Holy Crap,’ we have a narrator

So far, little has been revealed as to the plot direction of this East Village mystery novel, writes the New York Post. The first seven pages of “Holy Crap” have been discovered on lampposts, and so far, what mystery fans do know is that the narrator of the story is concerned about venturing into parenthood.

Page 7 of “Holy Crap” is posted on the lamppost at Seventh Street and First Avenue. The reference to a newborn baby appears there:

“No. No thank you. Um, no. Then the baby is on a chest. She is wrapped in a white blanket with green trim.”

‘Holy Crap,’ what’s wrong with my baby?

The mysterious narrator is clearly concerned about the baby, whose gender is not revealed to readers thus far. A nurse tells the narrator not to worry:

“Most babies aren’t beautiful when they are born. It takes about a month to get cute. But your baby is beautiful. The most beautiful baby.”

The angst that all new parents feel for the well-being of their offspring is spelled out in unadorned prose. Memory begins to fade into the pressure cooker of uncertainty, as the narrator feels very out of place:

“A woman walks from the bathroom, whom I still have no memory of, in this bedroom that I have no memory of, and out to some other room that I have no memory of…”

‘Holy Crap’ will return to a lamppost near you

Not only does the narrator fail to remember simple details of what has gone on before, but a “terrible headache” comes. Similarly, residents of the East Village are pained by “Holy Crap,”

“I hate it when people just post things everywhere,” said Joe Curanhj, 42. “They have the Internet, why don’t they use that?”

Bartender Paul Purvine, 28, disagrees,

“I love any interactive art form,” he said. “And what a great way to introduce the neighborhood.”


EV Grieve: http://evgrieve.com/2011/03/write-this-way.html
New York Post: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/light_reading_Vv4kQtNNsiM9xibr9kEMUP

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