Some days it seems like my dissertation footnotes are taking on a life of their own. Maybe they will revolt and leave my work to star in their own dissertation. In the meantime I would like to feature some of my footnotes from time to time since they are too wonderful to leave in the margins.
On July 7, 1965, an ad appeared in The Times London: “International expedition of Poets and Others departs from Cape Horn for Patagonia August 1—Contact HAM. 5721.”
The authors of Amereida I reprinted this notice, which they characterized as a “personal column,” like a tear from the actual newspaper, beneath the headline “Poetagoonia” and next to a logo for “Oddly Enough Paul Jennings.” Like the word Amereida, Poetagoonia is a purely fictional blend of poetry and Patagonia. According to Valentina Pérez, Paul Jennings, the English writer, “published his stories in different magazines and newspapers. This image, surely, characterized his column, ‘Oddly Enough Jennings Paul’” (“Amereida Anotaciones,” Proyecto de Titulación de Diseño Gráfico, Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, 2011, 71, footnote 50, http://issuu.com/valentinaoriana/docs/amereidaanotaciones. My translation).