The photos of Carolyn Guyer's Quibbling found in this chapter are of copies Dene Grigar owns and holds in her library in the Electronic Literature Lab, at Washington State University at Vancouver.
Quibbling Folio, Front
The front of the folio for Quibbling displays a variety of teal and green colors. The base color of the folio is light teal. A wide, dark teal, vertical stripe goes down its center. “CAROLYN GUYER” is printed in a white sans-serif font with a dark teal outline in the upper left corner, nearly spanning half the folio’s horizontal width. Below and center reads “Quibbling” one third of the way from the top of the folio. It is printed in dark green ink in the same sans-serif font as the author’s name. “Quibbling” is printed again underneath it, in medium teal, slightly offset to the right. “Quibbling” is printed once more below this layer, in a darker shade of teal than the main vertical stripe, offset to the left. A white silhouette of a tree rests inside the dark teal vertical stripe. Its branches are thin and graceful, while the leaves are geometric in shape. The tree comprises the middle and part of the lower third of the folio. The base of the tree is obscured by line-drawn waves at the bottom of the folio. There are four rows of these waves, each overlapping the preceding one. Within each of these rows are four waves, rising and falling in a smooth curving fashion, with three stripes (two of which are consistently white, and one of which is a teal or green color).
The back of the folio for Quibbling has the same base light teal color as the front, in addition to a vertical stripe down its center (which is a slightly lighter teal than on the front). A column of text spans the folio’s left side; the first paragraph is separated from the rest by the work’s title, which looks identical to the one on the folio’s front except it is in a slightly lighter green. “Carolyn Guyer” is printed near the top right corner of the folio, in the same color and font as it is on the folio's front. The column of text (which is printed in a dark green, serif font) reads as follows:
Quibbling Folio, Back
“a highly personal, erotic, old-fashi-
ioned love story . . . what’s most
intriguing about [Quibbling] is its
New York Times Book Review
“…a stunning achievement of écriture
féminine in both form and aesthetic.
The rhythm of the ‘buzz-daze’ in
Guyer’s Quibbling is nothing less than
Claudine Herrmann’s ‘vision of a lan-
guage released from the coordinates
Illinois Wesleyan University
“…a great answer for those who ask
what hyperfiction’s got that fiction on
author, Mahasukha Halo
Quibbling is several love stories, sev-
eral intellectual adventures, several
lives interconnected and overlaid.
A thin, dark green line separates the column of text from the lower fourth of the folio. A pink rectangular sticker is positioned on the left hand side, which reads “PLEASE NOTE” with “This title is now on CD” underneath in black ink. Two black triangles on either side of “PLEASE NOTE” point inward to call attention to this notice. To the right of the sticker is small sans-serif text that reads “Requires 2MB RAM and a hard disk drive.” Below this sticker is the logo of Eastsgate Systems, Inc., which is a hand-drawn brick wall with an ornate arch in its center. Content to the right of the logo reads “Eastgate Systems” in a serif font. “I N C” is printed directly to the right of it, with each letter cascading downward towards the right in a staircase effect. Below in smaller text reads the physical address of Eastgate Systems, Inc. (not wrapped in quotes):
“134 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02172
A label in the bottom-right of the folio displays two barcodes and several strings of numbers. The first is an ISBN code, which is printed vertically along the label’s left side. It reads “ISBN 1-884511-08-2”. This string is repeated across the top of a bar code on the right, which has another series of numbers underneath it: “9 781184 511080”. A second bar code to the right of the first has “90000>” printed above it.