Jollification expert Bernie DeKoven highlights our oddest work yet
— a book that transforms other books in surprising ways. As we confabulated with Bernie:
The Dictionary Game (see also Fictionary) turns a serious reference book into a gaming generator; the dictionary is playfully transformed from a tool for decoding puzzling words into a puzzle-making machine, where whimsically fake definitions take the stage. But could any book, spontaneously pulled off the shelf, be transformed into a playfulness machine? Could one’s entire home library be a gaming center? That’s the lofty goal of a new publication that offers, among other oddities, cut-out paper spectacles for seeing more than is readily apparent in any book.
Please note that our Machinarium Verbosus
is a book for the few—the very few. If it’s important to one’s psychological well-being that the machinations of the Universe be neat and
tidy and wholly comprehensible by the human mind, then absolutely do not proceed with
this book’s experiments. Let this constitute a very serious warning: do not take these experiments
lightly, as any one of them may induce an existential crisis.