arfgrass,

content — primarily textual — visibly leaking onto the surface of an arf body: random bits from more or less locally stored namespaces sampled, translated, extrapolated, free-associated with remotest knowledge echos, styled for display. Physically, arfgrass varies from flat or relief movable lettering on the surface, to grassy tendrils with linear writing, to ivy-like vineries of texty leaves; to, sometimes, complete codices budding from an arf wall, detachable from the mother substrate and readable like real books: distinctly crude, “dimly organic,” quickly dissolving. No need to teach arf to grow arfgrass: you can freeze or erase it by sculpting (most easily in your own plant) and you can exclude specific texts from the surface ecology — but suppressing arfgrass completely is tricky. ■    Left alone, arfgrass slowly regenerates, reflecting the churn of the knowledge universe underneath; essentially a blur, superficial (literally) but suggestive, it tends to generalize more than specialize: lists, maps, abstracts, charts are compiled endlessly and aimlessly. Search engines, concordances, miscellanea columns in magazines have been cited as historic inspirations of arfgrass' layered dreamlike medley — rhymed and rhythmed macaronic hodgepodge; consciousless, arfgrass is as personal as arf itself: it harvests whatever content is at hand, so texts read and authored by local Humans and Minds transpire most readily in the palimpsest. Now as ever, many cant stand the pestilence of “viscid cacophony” — but for others its a perfect relaxation to pet their “feral bookshelves,” garden the meaning forests of arfgrass on their homes: flatter and more fluid indoors, bushier and slower on the outside.

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