The Secret Book Blog post numero Dos

As a part of blog post number two, we had to find "P211.T45", and create a Spark Page showing images of us interacting with it, as well as what rhetorical appeals, canons, etc., are being utilized and what we think it all means. So, after searching "P211.T45" on Google, I found an article about a Silo found near the Agricultural Quad on campus. After nearly dying from the Tornado strength winds on the way, I got to the Silo. Inside it is empty, save for a metal plaque on the floor in the center, which reads "REF P211.T45 COOPER." P211.T45, as I would later find out, is an art project created by David Tillinghast in 2001. Apparently it is a Clemson legend, but I had never heard of it before so I'm not so sure about that (then again I am only a freshman). After writing down the inscription on the plaque, I made my way to Cooper Library where I presented the inscription to the employee at the desk. After he laughed and commented about me being the 1,000,000th person to ask for it, he briefly disappeared into a back room before reappearing with this book.

Inside the book is everything from signatures to stories to even drawings. Each of these things represent rhetoric in some fashion, all attempting to persuade you of whatever point they are trying to make. (Side note: This isn't the original book. The original is kept under lock and key in a location that I am unaware of.)

An example of what you might find in the secret book

Each of the entires in the book evoke various emotions; laughter, sadness, etc... This is a great example of the book's use of Pathos! Students also use the book to leave record of their time at Clemson for others in the future to read and learn from, demonstrating the book's use of memory!

Tillinghast's unlikely pairing of a Silo and Book has two reasons behind it:

  1. The pairing of the Silo and Book links the world of Agriculture and Literature. Tillinghast perfectly summed up this point by stating that, "Growing crops led to settlements and a way to record harvests and distribution. But the connectedness is more than recordkeeping. Agriculture is a way of organizing nature in fields and rows. Writing is a way of organizing ideas, experiences and events. Nature, from cells to cities, is organized.”
  2. The pairing of the Silo and Book creates an aura of mystery. On the surface, there seems to be absolutely no correlation between a Silo and a Book. This causes those who are examining the clues to dig deeper, creating an aura of mystery as they search for the answer as to why these two unique objects are linked!
Signing the book

Even though, according to Katherine Mercer (a library student aide), it is said that, “If you are an undergraduate and sign it, you will not graduate,” I still signed it, leaving my mark on Clemson History.

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