The Invisible Library

This post about 2666 at Blographia Literaria mentions Bolaño in relation to The Invisible Library project by Levi Stahl and Ed Park. The Invisible Library catalogs books fictional books and book titles that are mentioned in works of fiction. There are some great titles in there from Nabokov and Pynchon, try but I’m thinking there are some from Infinite Jest that are missing (The Columbia Guide to Refractive Indices?).

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  • Comment from hermester

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    I’m so pleased to see that the idea of a catalogue of books that exist only in other books continues to spread throughout the human memepool. My first encounter with this concept took the form of Mr. Brian Quinette’s catalogue (to which this blog once linked), now defunct, alas. Fortunately, however, an archived copy does exist.

    Mr. James Hay has also preserved Mr. Quinette’s work, and added to it himself.

    There is also a The Invisible Library, Live Journal Branch, created by le_trombone:

    Mr. Park and Mr. Stahl have also created a blog containing these materials.

    Finally, my wife Fayaway and I have created our own branch of the invisible library at Malibu Lake, CA.

    Thank you for noting and preserving this highly entertaining and increasingly useful information—doubt not, o blogger, but persist!


    Hermester Barrington,
    Chief Archivist, Law Offices of Petty, Smilodon, & Ruth (ret.)

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