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Comment from: Ali [Visitor]
Ali

Yay!! Clues!!
Does anybody else get the impression that sometimes clues make it all more confusing?

05/05/06 @ 10:34
Comment from: drew [Visitor]
drew

i don’t get this

05/11/06 @ 15:51
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

http://www.privatjokr.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=8518#8518

That should help.

They won’t make sense if you have not or are not reading the book. Though they won’t necessarily make sense if you have or are. They’re just clues to solve the mystery.

05/11/06 @ 16:20
Comment from: burgs [Visitor]
burgs

this just made me want to read the book…

05/23/06 @ 07:45
Comment from: mike [Visitor]
mike

wow if someone tryuly figures out the mystery they are the greatest i know you have to listen to themusic on the books homepage but i personally donthave the time and i would reallylike to talk with gregory galloway buti cant find any contact info he seems to be about as mysterious as the book he wrote

05/28/06 @ 03:51
Comment from: ashley [Visitor]
ashley

i dont get it either!! i am getting these clues already by email and still can’t figure out where the heck anna went. its soo dumb. but i just can’t give it up!!

05/28/06 @ 13:53
Comment from: carly [Visitor]
carly

Gosh, these clues don’t make any sense! I’ve searched for all this crap like a million times and I get results about suicides and artists. I personally think Anna is in Alaska but that’s just my mind trying to grab hold of something to satisfy me. It’s so annoying not knowing where she is! If anyone ever figures this out, I will seriously be in awe of them forever.

06/01/06 @ 16:29
Comment from: Anna [Visitor]
Anna

- “forever breathes the lonely word”
is an album by Felt the picture attachment is the cover art

click here

06/11/06 @ 15:49
Comment from: Bryce [Visitor]
Bryce

maybe someone can help me out here, cuz i haven’t thought this through – but bear with me:

the Felt album includes the song “All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead” and the title (Forever Breathes the Lonely Word) refers to the subject line “creation.” what does Anna create? OBITUARIES.

the subsequent clues lead to dead people, and their obituaries.

except for the last one, which is a staged photo of a person pretending to be dead. pretending to be dead.

so does that mean that the solution is in Anna’s obituary?

does any of this make sense?

a little help with my thinking would help.

06/13/06 @ 19:50
Comment from: Moyer [Visitor]
Moyer

Don’t any of you realize that anything requiring this many vague, obscure clues is obviously a massive contrivance, designed for the sole purpose of jerking people around?

06/19/06 @ 09:25
Comment from: Bryce [Visitor]
Bryce

some people (like me) enjoy a challenge. i didn’t expect an easy answer, or easy-to-solve clues. i don’t think that would be in the spirit of the novel.

i don’t see the clues as a “massive contrivance” but as an extension of the stuff Anna created in the novel.

participation (like thinking) is voluntary.

and the “let no man. . .” clue has sort of shattered my previous theory.

any thoughts?

06/23/06 @ 10:11
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

Bryce,

The “let no man…” clue is tracks from a scottish album. Click here to see.

A few of the other clues point to Germany. The letters and the notebook don’t seem to add up, however.

The “blue eyes” pictures is a portrait of Madame Jeanne Hebuterne. Click here More is available on here from wikipedia…Click here. A french woman. Another point to Europe…

06/29/06 @ 13:10
Comment from: Alicia [Visitor]
Alicia

Bryce is my new hero. I look forward to reading more of your thought process.

07/05/06 @ 17:45
Comment from: Beckie Ann [Visitor]
Beckie Ann

I’ve spent HOURS trying to figure them out, and I’ve figured out the Felt album art stuff and all those other things, I just can’t put them together. EEK! It makes me sad. I wanna know! It was an amazing book, too.

07/07/06 @ 14:16
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

This new clue is part of a poem by Weldon Kees who was apparently largely uphappy with life before he disappeared in 1955 and is believed to have taken his own life…

More on Kees here: http://www.newyorker.com/critics/atlarge/articles/050704crat_atlarge

The definition for gadabout: One who roams or roves about, as in search of amusement or social activity.

I have no information on the picture.

07/12/06 @ 12:33
Comment from: storrs [Visitor]
storrs

Bryce referred to the “ik - 1 of 3″ clue as a staged photo, which got me to thinking about clue “108″ (don’t you love all the numbers in the clues?) and the Modigliani painting.

A number of his paintings are thought to be forgeries, and there was a somewhat famous incident where 3 students duped the art world by creating a sculpture and throwing it in a river, where it was discovered and thought to be a long lost Modigliani.

I don’t know if this is where the clue is pointing, but there’s another staged event and a river to ponder.

07/13/06 @ 09:55
Comment from: Gadfly [Visitor]
Gadfly

Is Anna a Gadabout?

07/19/06 @ 22:54
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

Gadfly,

I believe that she was, based upon the definition. She was always up to something and/or had a piece of information to impart someone with that she didn’t acquire from sitting at home.

Which leads us into wondering if that is a strong hint to the fact that she is off galavanting across lands foreign or otherwise, in search of amusement.

07/20/06 @ 05:49
Comment from: Bryce [Visitor]
Bryce

i like thinking of anna as a gadabout – maybe that’s the key – after all, she’s done this before – at least she mentions that she’s written obituaries for everyone in town before (p. 156 if anyone’s interested).

i see that fitting into much of what’s been suggested here – and to the weldon kees disappearance (yet another river reference).

are we getting closer?

07/20/06 @ 09:33
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

I don’t know that we’ll ever be able to gauge if we’re getting closer until we know for a fact that we’ve got it. I think only then will we know how close or how far we were at any given point. I know I am not being very encouraging at this point…

07/20/06 @ 10:53
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

The new clue: 91664.

The quote is from John Hanning Speke’s journal from his adventure in which he discovered the source of the Nile River. The full journal is here.

The specific excerpt containing the quote is here.

07/25/06 @ 10:57
Comment from: Moyer [Visitor]
Moyer

I just noticed that one of these clues is a screenshot from the movie Stroszek, a really strange German film (that I happen to own). Not having read this book, nor ever planning to, I can’t give any more insight. But if you hadn’t already figured out the reference, there it is.

07/27/06 @ 15:16
Comment from: cupcake [Visitor]
cupcake

I think I found her…

07/28/06 @ 09:30
Comment from: Carly [Visitor]
Carly

Well. I’m totally stumped. I do agree with Privatjokr, however, that we will not know if we’re getting close to solving this mystery until we have solved it. After screwing around on google and following links from the more obvious pages I was even more lost than in the beginning.

I’m giving up hope. It just runs too deep for me.

07/30/06 @ 15:05
Comment from: Rue. [Visitor]
Rue.

Everyone mentioned in the clues killed themselves. Duh? It’s not that difficult.

08/01/06 @ 21:22
Comment from: cupcake [Visitor]
cupcake

She didn’t kill herself. She wrote in her boyfriend’s obituary that she and he get married eventually. Therefore, she was planning on finding him at some point. I’m almost certain I know where she is. I just have to check three more things then I’ll let you all know, if you want.

08/02/06 @ 11:28
Comment from: Mimi [Visitor]
Mimi

Is she in Germany?

Ok, guys, can someone e-mail me with the stuff they’ve figured out? It would be nice and I’ll have to do some additional thinking. Cupcake, kudos to you if you can solve it. I’ve been scanning this chatbux several times in the past two months and I’ve kidna given up, but my passion was renewed again. I hope this is really worth it because i destroyed (kinda) a copy of this book in the library by dog-earing it and writing on the pages. xD Thanks for the insights, guys.

Dead people. Yes, the ik - 1 of 3 thing is a staged picture. From this, I think it says that she staged her death. The only problem now is where she went and the connection of the people.

The people I think that have the really strong connections are Bryce, Clare, Mr. Devon, Carl’s Dad and G’s mom. But then, I think you guys already know that.

08/02/06 @ 17:04
Comment from: Relia [Visitor]
Relia

Just a few quick comments as I’m stopping in, thrilled to find some more answer-seekers around. My theory is that Anna’s relationship with G_ stems from a sort of “experiment” that she and Mr. Devon undertake together. Bryce is their first attempt and unsuccessful, as he is too impressionable – he immediately transforms into a stereotyped Anna, instead of actually becoming anything that Anna actually IS. G_, however, self-describes his biggest personality trait as being a person who cuts the labels out of his clothes. He resists brand-labeling, is as plain and pure as a glass to hold water (Anna presumably is providing the water that fills his metaphorical glass), and so he is a “success” in that regard – he ultimately takes off on his own Anna Cayne journey. The reason I feel it is a work undertaken by Mr. Devon and Anna is, initially – Mr. Devon is the one who tells G_ to meet girls in the library, where he meets Anna on the very first try. Anna’s “how do you draw a bunny” note to Mr. D is a direct reference to Ray Johnson (of our NYCS clue). Mr. Devon takes G_ to his gallery showing, which has an homage theme. He explains the first – The Drunken Boat (a Rimbaud work, as is ‘A Season in Hell’ which Anna quotes in an earlier mailing in the book. Their relationship may reference Rimbaud and Verlaine, but I haven’t thought much into that yet.). Mr. D does not say what the other two works hearken to – but one of the two, the aquarium with stuff in it, parallels the CD which Anna gave G_, frozen in a huge block of ice. I’ve some other thoughts, but this is currently what I’m building from.

08/02/06 @ 20:14
Comment from: Relia [Visitor]
Relia

P.S. Thank you to whoever directed me to this thread from my LJ.

08/02/06 @ 20:18
Comment from: Nicole [Visitor]
Nicole

Cupcake -

If you found her, I want to know!

08/04/06 @ 10:52
Comment from: Mimi [Visitor]
Mimi

Relia, you’re awesome. My first thought was that Mr. Devon and Anna were like… uh… pedophilic lovers or something. I think that you’ve started. Nice.

08/04/06 @ 14:00
Comment from: David [Visitor]
David

What does 41573 mean in the nycs clue?

08/04/06 @ 14:00
Comment from: Mimi [Visitor]
Mimi

And, uh… What does 4 stand for? I wonder if it stands for the number people…

08/04/06 @ 14:31
Comment from: Relia [Visitor]
Relia

“What does 41573 mean in the nycs clue?”

April 15, 1973, I suspect, which is 10 days after Johnson’s obit for the NYCS (our other nycs clue) is dated.

08/06/06 @ 15:09
Comment from: Mimi [Visitor]
Mimi

Oh yes, I figured something out. Anna’s obituary uses the name “Anastasia” in it, right? Her obituary refers to the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, and not to her. The names of her brother and sisters are the names of Anastasia Romanov herself. I don’t know how this all ties in, but it’s just something.

08/18/06 @ 13:12
Comment from: Comradecayt [Visitor]
Comradecayt

Someone else at the bottom here mentioned the Grand Duchess Anastasia.
Here are some potentially interesting tidbits:
Anna’s mother physically resembles Alexandra (Anastasia’s mother, with her ‘witch’ nose, and fly away hair). Mrs. Cayna also dressed as a princess for Halloween and when asked ’so any witches live here?’ she replies, ‘No, only princesses live in this house.’ Anastasia was not a princess, but her mother was.

In her obituary, Anna refers to her eldest sister as ‘Olivia’. Anastasia’s sister was named Olga. Similarly, her brother was named Alexei, not Alex. These could simply be changes just to put the reader off. It’s also interesting to note that Anna’s ‘brother’ Alex died of a brain hemmorahge at four, as did Princess Alexandra’s brother Frittie, who was also a hemophiliac, like the Tsaresvich Alexei, Alexandra’s son.

Anna was the name used to refer a woman now identified as Franciska Schwasoska, who for a long time was beleived to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia.

The Romanov family and a number of their entourage were murdered in 1918 after the Russian Revolution- in a cellar, they were lined up against a wall and shot. In one of her postcards, Anna writes ‘there is no better way to die than to be lined up against a (mexican) wall and shot!’ or something similar to such….

Just some interesting connections.

09/09/06 @ 20:08
Comment from: Alyssa [Visitor]
Alyssa

I totally cant figure this out!! I am doing a book report on this for school due friday and I have no clue what i am supposed to put for the ending!!! All i can figure out is that the Houdini code is used. Did anyone decipher the last page of the book? I tried and I cant figure it out! I think that has to be a huge clue…

09/20/06 @ 19:21
Comment from: liz [Visitor]
liz

I know nothing of the clues. But did anyone think it was weird how when the night she went missing Anna’s parents find a condom but the narrator had thrown it away? And he runs questions through his head wether or not someone had come over after he had left? This has been my biggest question. Why was the condom there? Does anyone know?

09/25/06 @ 05:04
Comment from: Mimi [Visitor]
Mimi

Pray = 1 = A
Answer = 2 = B
Say = 3 = C
Now = 4 = D
Tell = 5 = E
Please = 6 = F
Speak = 7 = G
Quickly = 8 = H
Look = 9 = I
Be quick = 10 or 0 = J

I found it (accidentally) at the website. :p

09/28/06 @ 18:02
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

Mimi,
I would love to say I have even a remote clue as to what to do with that. Unfortunately, I do not. Care to explain? Or can anyone?

09/28/06 @ 19:52
Comment from: Lisa [Visitor]
Lisa

Mimi’s info is for the last page.. crap I just returned the book…. someone decode it!!

10/04/06 @ 20:39
Comment from: Franklin [Visitor]
Franklin

I’m not trying to be dense here, but I apparently don’t understand enough about code breaking to figure out how to work that key. Obviously each word doesn’t correspond to a letter because the key only has letters A-J.

How would you decode it into words even if you had the book in front of you?

10/07/06 @ 00:14
Comment from: Amanda [Visitor]
Amanda

i think all of you are thinking to hard into this. Did you ever think that Anna wasn’t suppose to be found? and that it is insignificant as to where Anna went? Kind of like the narrator’s name. You’re are never told it, but even if you were, would that have changed the novel? no. it is insignificant. I think there is only one point Galloway was trying to get across and that is that Anna is still alive. Think of the games she played with the narrator- alot of them led to nothing. All these clues are just things Galloway is using to mess with our heads and he’s using them for us to waste our time trying to figure out something that cannot be found.

10/10/06 @ 22:09
Comment from: Relia [Visitor]
Relia

Your code for the Houdini translation is incorrect. The words correspond to numbers, which then translate into the alphabet accordingly.

Pray = 1 = A
Tell = 2 = B
Etc.

The word “answer-be” for example would be 2-0, or 20, the letter T. “Be” never appears on its own as there is no 0th letter of the alphabet.

If you would like to translate this yourself, I suggest you start with the original codeby Houdini, translate his message into the letters of “BELIEVE,” and map those onto Galloway’s afterword.

Otherwise, if you would rather just know the translation, I can post it here. Let me know.

10/12/06 @ 06:54
Comment from: Relia [Visitor]
Relia

Err, sorry for the error, “Answer” = 2, I mistyped.

10/12/06 @ 06:55
Comment from: Franklin [Visitor]
Franklin

I would certainly like the translation. As with that other person, I no longer have the book (I “rented” it from an audio book site). I have no doubt the translation is just as cryptic as the encoding but still it would be interesting.

10/12/06 @ 17:22
Comment from: Mimi [Visitor]
Mimi

Relia, that was from the official website itself. Well, if you really want to know:

http://www.assimpleassnow/com/hidden

And, I think it’s not really Houdini’s code. I think it’s a variation of it and could be used to decode the acknowledgements page. Now that i think of it, word pairings also matter a lot.

10/12/06 @ 23:04
Comment from: Relia [Visitor]
Relia

Debt, gratitude, affection, love to the following: Aimee, Anna, David, and the Robbins office, Gina. Thanks to BMW and the drive back and forth to Cornwall.

Punctuation mine.

From a chat log where I worked through it with a friend (while I was at work, lol!). We started with the Houdini and applied it to the acknowledgements page.

Relia: I can’t figure out how those nine words spell believe, a seven-letter word.
Katie: It’s “Rosabelle, answer tell pray-answer look tell answer-answer tell.” You leave off Rosabelle because it’s just the trigger word or whatever you’d call it.
Relia: Oh, I didn’t have dashes to help me. XD
Katie: They’re in the book!
Relia: I DON’T HAVE THE BOOK WITH ME.
Relia: Anyway, pray and answer as prefixes may be numbers? i.e. 10, 20.
Relia: As in, what number letter in the alphabet?
Katie: answer = 2, tell = 5, pray = 1, to begin with.
Relia: I agree pray is the 1, as there are too many pray variants for it to be 2!
Katie: Well, it’s also because pray-answer is L, and L is 12.
Relia: And answer-answer is V, and V is 22.
Katie: SO TO BEGIN WITH:
Relia: answer = 2
tell = 5
pray = 1
look = 9

10/13/06 @ 06:53
Comment from: Cambria [Visitor]
Cambria

I am absolutely stumped.
Coding isn’t my thing, but I really haven’t gotten my mind off the book for about 2 monthes.
Meaning it is one month and 2 weeks late. I can’t return it though.

Does anybody have Galloways info?

10/21/06 @ 16:24
Comment from: Kate [Visitor]
Kate

i received this one the other day & noticed it was not on here–

ik–1 of 4

“koike eiko wears gianni versace”

(this is perhaps the strangest photograph i have ever seen)

10/24/06 @ 13:33
Comment from: Kate [Visitor]
Kate

sorry the previous photograph was accidentally resized

ik–1 of 4
^^original size

10/24/06 @ 13:38
Comment from: Sara [Visitor]
Sara

ik–1 of 4

koike eiko wears gianni versace is a photograph in a series of photographs shot by Izima Kaoru. his aesthetic is staging the death of a girl and shooting it in usually 4 pictures, starting from far away and getting progressively closer.

i took this from the website

“Dead, the models in Izima Kaoru’s images fantasise both mode and moment of dispatch, order the high fashion appropriate to such violent elimination. Photographed, they rise, wash off the synthetic gore, the mud and sand, and live; never again so perfect as in the dream of their destruction.”

i don’t think anyone reported that one as figured out.

some food for though, i guess.

10/27/06 @ 00:02
Comment from: Sara [Visitor]
Sara

the narrator’s name is the same as the authors- gregory galloway.

the double dactyl reference anna makes in the beginning of the book [each name has the same amount of syllables and starts with the same letter] and he says his name comes in both an “a” and an “o” version [gallaway/galloway]

not sure if that has anything to do with where anna is, but who knows.

10/27/06 @ 00:17
Comment from: Colleen [Visitor]
Colleen

I stumbled upon this looking to see if anyone had figured it out yet. I guess not.

We also need to figure out the connection of GG’s friend’s father (why can’t I think of the name?) and the friend to all of this. They have barely been mentioned and I feel like there’s something there…

10/29/06 @ 22:53
Comment from: Mimi [Visitor]
Mimi

What Colleen means is that we need to find the connection of Carl and his dad.

Carl’s dad and G’s mom had (or was having) some sort of affair, I guess? But… I think G’s dad never said anything about it because he was… well, he didn’t want to rock the boat.

And, Relia, I’m finally taking the time to translate it. :p

11/01/06 @ 21:36
Comment from: Colleen [Visitor]
Colleen

Quite possibly. But how does Carl’s father know Anna? How are they connected?

11/13/06 @ 21:34
Comment from: Mimi [Visitor]
Mimi

Lycidas by John Milton:
http://www.bartleby.com/4/210.html

It was a tribute to his friend that *cough* drowned. Yep, Mr. Devon knew Anna and that’s for sure.

11/15/06 @ 14:54
Comment from: Allen [Visitor]
Allen

Thx to Kate for posting the ik - 1 of 4 clue, and thx to sara for posting the quote about Izima Kaoru’s photographs – I think they’re both extremely important.

I always thought the clue was critical (I had received the ik - 1 of 3 clue), and am now more convinced since there are different versions.

I know it’s been mentioned by others here, but the staged aspect of the photos seems to be a key insight into Anna’s disappearance. And the photos fit with the dress neatly laid out.

I can just see her brushing herself off and moving on, satisfied with her own dream of destruction.

She’s out there somewhere. But where?

11/21/06 @ 14:40
Comment from: Andrew [Visitor]
Andrew

Some other things to consider:

Comradecayt and others correctly mention the connections between Anna, Anastasia the Grand Dutchess, and Franciska Schwasoska. There’s a further connection in that Anna was supposedly born in a thunderstorm in Charlottesville, Virginia, which was where a real life local woman named Anna Manahan lived for years, claiming til her death to be the real Anastasia. After her death, DNA testing revealed she was not Anastasia, but could possibly be linked to relatives of Schwasoska (the Anastasia imposter).

Also, scars and markings on Anna’s (the character’s) body match those known to be on Anastaia’s (and perhaps Anna Manahan’s) body. And her parents’ names were the same as the Anastasia’s parents, the last Tsar and Tsarista of Russia.

Another thing: Mumler: William Mumler was a “spirit photographer” in the 19th century, and took photographs that are remarkably close to the desciption of the photo of G__ and Anna that Mr Devon took.

There’s also an interesting juxtaposition in the book of death (or near death) by water and by fire. Both in characters in the book, and in historical figures that the book references:

Death by water:

Anna (?)
Franciska Schwasoska (came close to drowning by jumping off a bridge)
Ray Johnson
Houdini (didn’t die, but the water case trick)
Frank O’hara

Death by Fire:

Mr Devon (in his obit by Anna)
Mr Devon’s girlfriend
The real Russian royal family (bodies were burned to prevent identification)
Mumlet townspeople
Bryce (came close to dying in car wreck)
Gorky’s Barn?

12/06/06 @ 16:32
Comment from: papershark [Visitor]
papershark

41573 - “nycs”

The picture (Bunny) could be referring to Ray Johnson and his life.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Johnson
On January 13, 1995 Ray Johnson’s body was found floating in a small cove in Sag Harbor, NY. As with much of the particulars of his life, little is known about the circumstances of his death. Those who knew him best, inasmuch as they knew him at all, have even speculated that his suicide was his final performance

12/06/06 @ 16:35
Comment from: Relia [Visitor]
Relia

Just bopping by to throw out another note based on things I jotted in the margins of my copy.

My issue with the relationship between Carl’s dad and G_’s mother is a particular comment his mother makes at the beginning of the novel. He mentions the name of his school, and his mother’s comment that she doesn’t like the idea of it being named for an adulterer (exact quote and page missing – my copy isn’t at work with me!).

I’ve been toying with a theory that –G_’s father– and –Carl’s mother– were having the affair, or something to that effect, and G_’s mom and Carl’s dad became friends through their shared grief, you know, or something like that. Obviously not too much in the book to make this hold water, but I can’t imagine Galloway included the comment in the beginning of the book for no reason.

12/07/06 @ 12:06
Comment from: Kristen [Visitor]  
Kristen

Has anyone received any clues lately? I haven’t gotten any in months :( Whats going on?! I want to figure out the mystery of Anna

04/30/07 @ 21:31
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

I keep thinking about signing up again to see if I get any different ones the second time around, but I haven’t actually gone ahead and done it yet.

04/30/07 @ 23:31
Comment from: Relia [Visitor]  
Relia

Haven’t gotten any in many months either. :(

05/02/07 @ 13:49
Comment from: liz [Visitor]  
liz

In the last CD notes there’s what looks like a circle-the-word puzzle. I can see several obvious valentine-related words going left-to-right. What else is in there? Has anyone looked at this?

05/10/07 @ 16:05
Comment from: liz [Visitor]  
liz

The clue that begins “My journey down to Alexandria” is a quote from John Hanning Speke. The numbers might be September 16, 1864, which is the day after he died. He was supposed to have a debate with Richard Francis Burton on the 16th but died the day before–perhaps by suicide, perhaps by accident. The debate was about whether Speke had really discovered the source of the Nile or if he was wrong–probably his career hinged on this or something.

In any case–the picture under the link is neither Speke nor Burton. Who is it?

05/10/07 @ 16:17
Comment from: Hannah [Visitor]  
Hannah

THIS BOOK FRUSTRATED ME SO MUCH
god i love it though

i want a definite answer so so bad

and your clues were really helpful but i still am supremly confused

but i think its clear that you all believe that annas still alive which i do also but what really bothered me were the discussion Qs at the end of the book they gave me like 50384935 million more questions

like about the bruises? does anyone else think her father beat her cause of the whole ladder incident or am i making that up?

what was her relationship with bryce and maybe it was his condom? or maybe she just planted it?

do her obituarys really come true?

i want to know more about mr. devon. did he kill his girlfriend?

and about the letter she sent him that just completly confused me

basically i’m very confused any help would be greatly appreciated

05/12/07 @ 19:40
Comment from: mike [Visitor]  
mike

ok im going to go work on the references page now when ive got it decoded (probably tomorrow) ill post the decoded page hopefully this will shed some light on the mystery but ill be pissed if it really is just an acknowledgements page but any way wish me luck. also if anyone can find some contact information for gregory galloway that would be nice i’d like to get ahold of him

08/01/07 @ 22:45
Comment from: mike [Visitor]  
mike

ok so i did my best to decode the last page and unfortunatly it is just an acknowledgements page but heres what it says any way:

debt, gratitude, afftection, love to the following: Aimee, Anna, David, and the Robbins office, Gina
Thanks to Amwand for the drive back forth to Cornwall

thats all it said so oh well no insight but at least we all know what it says now

08/02/07 @ 18:41
Comment from: Heather [Visitor]  
Heather

I just wanted to say that this page has been the most help in my pursuit for Anna. There are so many things that you all have thought of that I never would have even considered. I am so happy to have found these things out. Keep thinking and keep me posted.

08/07/07 @ 18:16
Comment from: Orlando [Visitor]  
Orlando

hey there are some numbers on the cover of the book over the mountain top to the right if any one dident notice the numbers are 1 14 15 22 5 12 if this helps any one

08/19/07 @ 18:19
Comment from: sailordark [Visitor]  
sailordark

those numbers correspond to letters spelling out “a novel”

09/18/07 @ 20:31
Comment from: Suyo [Visitor]  
Suyo

We can’t give up on this. Just finished the book and I don’t know what to make of it… but I will figure this out. Nobody would go through the troubles of inventing these clues to no end, especially considering the fact that they connect so well…

09/28/07 @ 02:50
Comment from: maura [Visitor]  
maura

I just finished listening to the novel on audio c.d.s I borrowed from the library. I new nothing of the online following and clues circulating when I picked up the padded package of discs. I signed up for the clues, but I doubt any will be sent to me, but it has been interesting reading everyones’ theories and following the clues that have been listed.

A few thoughts:
I see a connection between Mr. Devon and and Arshile Gorky. Mr. Devon had lost someone in a fire and suffered physical injury, Gorky lost his work, but both discovered a type of rebirth after these tragedies. I would like to believe that there is some sort of finality to the story, some clue that will tie it all up, but I don’t think that will ever be the case. At the end of the novel the narrator becomes much more like Anna, and in this way I feel like Galloway is taking the opportunity to play Anna to all of us, sending us out into the information, literature and music of the world. Honestly, how many of us had heard of all the artists and writers talked about in the book? The novel seems to be a sort of re-education of young adults of all the things we should have learned in school, while still supplying no answers to the bigger questions. Sometimes tragedies happen, and we want to know desperately why, but there is never an answer. Anyone who has ever loved someone who has killed themselves knows this feeling, I would think. Yet whether there is a body found or not, the question is the same either way and the answer is there is no answer, just more questions, more clues, connections, energy that never fails.

If there is was an answer or final message I think it would be to pay attention, look deeper, there is always more to learn.

11/24/07 @ 02:49
Comment from: Talia [Visitor]  
Talia

Has anyone else thought that the entire book “As simple as snow” could be the ghost story that Gregory Galloway was writing for Anna?
His writing a story was mentioned a few times, but dropped off. This would be the sort of story Anna would love: clues, murder, herself as the star, royalty, mystery, but no answer.
If anyone has any reason that this theory couldn’t be plausible, say something! Or if you have more evidence it could be…

11/27/07 @ 18:39
Comment from: Sheena [Visitor]  
Sheena

I read the book over summer and loved it, but had no idea about this site until today. All the theories are amazing, I’ve tried following the clues myself but every time I think I’m close something completely throws me off and I’m back to square one. I really like the last posting about how maybe the whole book was G_’s story for Anna, it does seem very plausible, although I don’t think someone would put so much time into all the tiny clues and nuances for it simply to be that. Although….it would be so simple, and yet so complicated…as simple as snow pretty much.

12/02/07 @ 23:50
Comment from: Sheena [Visitor]  
Sheena

Did anyone see that when u go to amazon and look at the “let no man steal your thyme” album by the scottish chick has a link to a site that talks all about how that chick disappeared in the early 1970s right at her peak and it was a huge mystery and she reappeared 30 years later married and happy? I dont know if that has anything to do with anything but it is a big coincidence. here’s the link:

www.btinternet.com/~blackvelvet/

12/03/07 @ 00:15
Comment from: Sheena [Visitor]  
Sheena

weldon kees was also working on a script for a spy thriller movie called gadabout…..i feel like im going in circles here

12/03/07 @ 00:23
Comment from: Robert [Visitor]  
Robert

So, does anyone reach the solution? I just finished reading the book and i’m very curious about where is Anna. Before i entered this site, i was thinkin about that Anna could be a ghost.

12/25/07 @ 14:26
Comment from: Talia [Visitor]  
Talia

Oh, I never thought that Anna could be a ghost… That’s really interesting.

01/08/08 @ 17:30
Comment from: Nichole [Visitor]  
Nichole

Wow! Just finished reading. Started it this morning and just couldn’t put it down! I’m wishing now that I hadn’t read it so quickly… I just thought there would be a tidier ending and couldn’t wait to get there! Now, I’m realizing that I’m going to need to read it again!

I few comments made here have made me wonder more about Anna’s relationship with Mr. Devon. I thought she didn’t like him, because her natural curiosity led her to learn something quite sinister (so-called death of girlfriend and involvement with female students?) about him. Now, I’m wondering about the condom (found in her room) as well as the fact that “it wasn’t her first time.” I wonder if she was upset with him because he obviously flirts with many women. I’m not sure if I believe she is dead or alive, but like many other books (including End Over End) and shows (Twin Peaks, Lost, etc.) we are left with more questions that answers. I believe it is the author’s intent, really… Although, I do believe that he has creatively alluded to an ending, which I’m hoping to uncover a bit more with a second read. I’m not sure that I think ALL of these clues have that great of a significance, but are merely adding to the effects and intrigue of the unsolved mystery.

The thing that stands out the most is her father’s response to reading obituary. He seemed quite certain that she would not be back. He obviously had experienced this before, with his other daughters, and plus, Anna didn’t actually kill herself in her obituary.

01/19/08 @ 13:53
Comment from: Nichole [Visitor]  
Nichole

Anna says:

“It’s almost more fun not knowing… If you knew what it all meant, then it might not be as interesting or compelling. That’s probably half the fun, not knowing. Sometimes there’s more fun in the mystery of things than anything else.”

01/19/08 @ 14:03
Comment from: Talia [Visitor]  
Talia

I’ve read End Over End, but I have to say I like As Simple As Snow MUCH better…

01/21/08 @ 17:39
Comment from: Nikki [Visitor]  
Nikki

Have you ever thought that Galloway is giving out all these clues and questions just so readers will stay interested and hopefully share it with a friend. I mean, after you finish a book what do you do with it whether it’s good or not, put it down and eventually forget about it. By continuing with the mystery and clues, Galloway is able to keep all his readers interested well after they’ve finished his book. And of course we’re all going to want to buy his next novel now. Quite clever.

I think there’s a simple explanation but we’re all just so fixated on it being something so dramatic and amazing that our minds wont settle on it being simple.

Just some thoughts.

01/26/08 @ 10:22
Comment from: Nichole [Visitor]  
Nichole

I agree that As Simple as Snow is a better read!

01/27/08 @ 16:44
Comment from: alexis [Visitor]  
alexis

throught the book anna and others have called the narator g_____
they never quite say his nmae but what anna does say is that his nmae is a “double dactle” (as is gregory galloway). anna also sais she wanted a ghost story, she’ll suply the ghost, while reading this, i thought that she ment in a obiturary, but now i feel the ghost is her and that gregory galloway is wrighting about himself, and the whole book is his ghost story to her, anna

01/31/08 @ 19:46
Comment from: Nichole [Visitor]  
Nichole

I’ve been considering that same theory (as alexix), but I wonder though… what does “Anna” represent to the real-life Gregory Galloway?

02/03/08 @ 13:54
Comment from: Nichole [Visitor]  
Nichole

…and why did he feel so compelled to write about “her"?

02/03/08 @ 14:03
Comment from: Alexis [Visitor]  
Alexis

has anyone gotten anything in the mail that has to do with the clues, or has it all been over e-mail?

02/13/08 @ 15:44
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

I think they did stuff in the mail only very early on and since then everything has been e-mail. I only got e-mail.

02/13/08 @ 20:31
Comment from: cory [Visitor]  
cory

im not sure if you all care or not but i know some people asked how to get ahold of gregory galloway -

hes on myspace.
and he actually talks to whomever writes to him. i asked him for some book suggestions and hes turned me on to a big stack of books to read - and so far a lot of the books are like his in that i can tell he read them before he wrote ‘’as simple as snow'’ - because parts of the story lines for the books hes given me - are about really interesting things that i never would have thought about reading because well - i never would have come across the books period - i dont know, its hard to explain… but when i found at least the three that didnt need to be ordered - there was a definate theme.

also, my best friend, who i gave the book to as well, asked if anna could be found just by using the clues in the book and mr. galloway said yes - although i dont believe that. maybe because im too dense to pick up on every single thing though.

anyhow - for those of you who want to converse with him, shoot him a message on myspace - he wont tell you where anna is, at least i highly doubt it, but he is really great to write to, and his list of really good books to read is worth getting.

www.myspace.com/gregorygalloway

i too only got things in email & never in the mail. im wondering if anyone got things in the mail? are people recieving emails anymore? mine just stopped one day…

02/22/08 @ 02:20
Comment from: nikki [Visitor]  
nikki

odd, gregory galloway, in thestory thr narrators name is simply put as
g—–? another clue perhaps?maybe this could be his ghost story to anna. im going to go look him up and see what i find.

but before i go, interesting things to think about,

the book said that she was getting herself use to coldness, water or weather, im not sure, but she did it by setting herself in freezing cold water, and isnt it odd that her dress at her possible death scene, was of course by a whole in the frozen river. by what would this mean?

and if she did die, then how did the psychic know there secret message? unless it had something to do with carl?

what would all of this mean?

03/17/08 @ 20:38
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]  
Joe

A couple things that I think are important, most everyone here seems to be over looking.
What did the bruises on her mean?
Why did she hate the teacher?
Where did Carl go?
Why did she start with the whole cold weather thing?
Why did she wreck the truck?
Was Bryce mad about more than just the truck?
Why was there an extra condom?
Why did she change how she dressed all of the sudden?

Obviously no one knows those answers for sure, but I think the answers are pretty important.

I don’t want to think that this was just a ghost story he wrote for Anna, but i suppose that the lack of a name makes it fairly obvious that he is the narrator.

The Theory:
I think Anna’s father is abusing her throughout the book,and for some reason that her mother is aware. I think the Condom was Carl’s. I have no real reason to think so, i just have a hunch, anyway, please let me know you think, thanks!

03/19/08 @ 21:52
Comment from: Alexis [Visitor]  
Alexis

hey,

I’ve been trying to figure this book out for about 3 months, and it’s still as confusing as it was when I first started. I did work around with the 41573 in the “nycs” clue about Ray Johnson and if you unscramble the letters (after converting the numbers to letters) it spells out “caged". I dunno if this has anything to do with anything but I thought that if anyone is interested about that, then there it is. Good luck everyone, I hope you’re all getting close. And I hope I can figure this thing out soon.

04/03/08 @ 15:45
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

Good luck Alexis. I hope you’re able to get further than we have.

04/03/08 @ 15:57
Comment from: Scarlett [Visitor]  
Scarlett

…and what about the tattoo she had (or might have had), which she said was like the ones her parents had? Is that another link to the real-life Anastasia?

04/22/08 @ 00:17
Comment from: Emma [Visitor]  
Emma

Does anone know what happened to Anna? I am desperate to find out! I have re-read the book already and still can’t figure it out… I just think that Mr. Devon had something to do with it… someone please tell me before i go crazy!

05/03/08 @ 18:58
Comment from: ... [Visitor]  
...

i just finished reading this, and so i found this page because obviously i was looking for answers.

this could be totally wrong… but didnt the way mr. devon and anna described the whole fire scene make you think that they were both involved? maybe anna was the girlfriend, and she escaped the fire… like houdini escaped the water cage?

which coincides with the “caged” clue above, houdinis water cage trick.

05/06/08 @ 21:14
Comment from: ... [Visitor]  
...

also, she cant be dead.
the valentines day present she left for G:

“you will find me. you will be mine.”

it wouldnt make sense for her to be dead and to leave that for him.

05/07/08 @ 09:19
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

I think about it a little more with each comment that comes in, but I’m not yet ready to re-read the book…which I need to do. But I don’t think she’s dead. I think that is too final, if that makes sense. I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to say with any certainty that we know exactly what happened to her, but I hope to be able to sleep at night convinced that she is at least alive. But I know that means I will have to convince myself and I’m almost there. One more time through the book will hopefully fuel that fire.

05/07/08 @ 09:35
Comment from: J [Visitor]  
J

Okay well I don’t know if this makes sense to anyone else but the code 41573 spells out
dogc
backwards it spells
c god

do you think that has anything to do with it?

05/10/08 @ 20:10
Comment from: Shelby Jane [Visitor]  
Shelby Jane

Anna is dead. She loved G____, and she left him. People don’t leave people they love. Carl came back, Anna won’t. And she couldn’t find him if she did.

05/12/08 @ 19:55
Comment from: Erin [Visitor]  
Erin

Personally, I think Anna is in Alaska with Mr.Devon. I mean, she obviously wanted G_ to think they had no connection (or something like that) saying she hated him and obviously avoiding him for whatever reason. She also trained herself to withstand the cold: Alaska. G_ also says that the dress could point to Alaska. Also, Mr.Devon said he was leaving to Alaska over the summer and he stated the name of a town which wasn’t listed on the map. Maybe Anna and Mr.Devon ran away together?
I think that Anna’s dad beat her, therefore the bruises and whatnot make sense. It makes sense, seeing that he had a short fuse (the time with the ladder in G_’s front yard). And that could be the reason he (Mr.Cayne) knows she isn’t coming back- because of him. .. ?
Obviously questions are still unanswered: What’s the whole deal with Bryce? Where did the extra condom come from?
^ Anyone have opinions on that?

I’m just thinking out loud here.

05/14/08 @ 01:20
Comment from: Manda [Visitor]  
Manda

I just finished reading As Simple As Snow and I wish i could figure out what happens. I do have a theory though. WHat if shes in Russia, she was preparing herself for the cold after all and she doe shave many links to the missing Anastasia. I don’t think she left with Mr. Devon you could feel too much of the tension between the two of them. However, I am pretty positive her dad beat her, especially with the significance of fathers within the text. They are either abusive or not there at all, or in the narrators case, they just dont pay any attention to their children. And what is the significance of his sister? There has got to be something there. She is mentioned throughout the book but it isnt until Anna’s disapperance that she is found to be dead as a child.

05/21/08 @ 18:56
Comment from: Manda [Visitor]  
Manda

Also what about Bela Lugosi is dead? the song that is mentiond… I thinkt hat may have something to do with Anna not being dead. It says that the narrator at first thought it said “I’m Dead.” but then came to realize it actually said “Undead". Just some more food for thought abotu this book.

05/21/08 @ 18:59
Comment from: Elise [Visitor]  
Elise

A couple interesting facts I’ve picked up that could possibly be of importance:

In reference to the above comment, the actor Bela Lugosi is most famous for his role as Dracula in the 1931 film. Dracula, being a vampire, is obviously “undead” like the lyrics of the song. At the end of the actual novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, Count Dracula turns to dust and disappears when he is stabbed by Quincy Morris and simultaneously has his throat cut by Jonathan Harker. There is no actual corpse left behind, but the men believe they have finally rid themselves of the “undead"count. However, in the journal of the character Mina Harker, she describes the final look on Dracula’s face as “triumphant” and “a look of peace". Not exactly what you’d expect from a bloodthirsty and sinister vampire. Also, there are specific rituals necessary for truly ridding oneself of a vampire which are described by the character Van Helsing. These rituals are not performed when Dracula is killed by Morris and Harker. This has led many scholars who study the book and the legends behind it to wonder whether or not Dracula was truly defeated. This has lead to the idea that, instead of being destroyed at the end of the novel, Dracula simply disappeared of his own volition, going into hiding. Could it be the same with Anna? Though it appears that she has died, could she have skillfully removed herself from the sight of those around her and gone into hiding?

Also, after reading some of the above comments about Anna’s connections to the Grand Duchess Anastasia, I decided to read up on those connections and try to see if anything else matched up. I found something very interesting. The name “Anastasia” is literally translated to “she who will rise up again". Given that Anna chose this name for herself, I think it is a strong clue suggesting that Anna is still alive. It’s exactly the kind of thing she would do, making the answer visible only to those who really look for it. I think the same principle applies to the Bela Lugosi song.

It’s important to reread the book(which I plan on doing several times and I’m sure you all are or are going to) and try to flesh out all of the clues you find. Research and read up and follow the trails you find until they dead-end. Reading all of these comments, you all seem to have really good ideas. It’s like a perfect little think tank. Keep it up!

06/23/08 @ 18:50
Comment from: Jessica [Visitor]  
Jessica

Okay, well one thing I found interesting is that on the CD cover for “You Stay Dug” the last CD. In the book, it never mentions what is on the back cover of it, but if you go to “assimpleassnow.com” you can download the cover art. On the back, there is a word search. I have been trying to solve it, but I don’t know what words to search for. They are all “valentine-y” and I’m wondering if this might turn out to be something. Has someone else tried working on this before?

07/23/08 @ 22:06
Comment from: ? [Visitor]  
?

slipped out of her dress in one motion ..

withstand cold…

dress in hole with no person in it…

connection?

09/29/08 @ 16:13
Comment from: sheena [Visitor]
sheena

I forced my mom to read this book, after also forcing my boyfriend and my brother. She is really into true crime books and obsessed with court tv, so her theory is from a much more real crime type point of view. She believes that anna was being physically and sexually abused by her father. This would explain the bruises, it not being her first time, and the condom, as well as why annas sisters werent around (if they were getting it too). Anna just needed to get away, and she expected G to be smart enough to meet up with her eventually. She probably went to be with her sisters- all of the postcards could have been from them. Also, she believed that Carl’s dad and G’s mom were having an affair, and that Carl’s dad was actually the father of the baby girl that died. This is why they never went to the cemetary, and why the relationship between all the parents was so fucked up. As far as Anna’s relationship with Mr. Devon, she may have gone to him to talk to him about the abuse from her father and he may have helped her get away.

10/13/08 @ 16:42
Comment from: Anonomous [Visitor]  
Anonomous

I think she is alive, even after her supposed “Death” G_____ Still recived letters from her. I personally think shes in Alaska, she said to G______ she trained herself by putting ice in her bath. She also said in G_____’s obituary that he would find her again and marry her. That means she was oviously planning on seeing him again. And she probably knew while she was writing his obituary that she would leave.

10/28/08 @ 23:50
Comment from: swan [Visitor]  
swan

i havent seen anything to do with anna and the last words she spoke to gregory, mr. devon and his refusal to have his picture taken and carls dad staying over for a few days and carl disapearing too and the 5 G’s or Gregory waking at 4 in the morning all the time OR seeing anna at the baseball game with his dad SASAS.
here is what i THINK
Devon is pedophile and anna doesn’t like him because of that they have obviously spoken before. Bryce is probably jealous of Gregory but mr.devon is sympathetic towards him. mr.devoin doesn’t know where to or why anna disappeared but i THINK bryce does. i also think the earlier clues are the most important,the bullet in devon’s neck and his “dead” girlfriend(why wud he tell Gregory about this?) and the cd’s especially, read the lyrics. anna did not go to alaska she does not like the cold(although the ice bath thing might disprove that), if anyone went there then it is probably carl, he’s the one who wanted to go there. if anna did not send her obituary, then how did whoever sent it know so much about her family? what about the ghost story? oh, and Galloway is not shitting us and trying to make us go in circles lookin for nothing, he said himself there is a definite answer, but the fun in everything really is the mystery.when i do solve it i wont taell anyone and you all better not tell either

12/13/08 @ 00:12
Comment from: Melissa [Visitor]  
Melissa

I’m pretty sure G__ is Gregory Galloway. You know, she gave the example of “higgledy piggledy and said that his name was almost a double dactyl, too. :) plus, his parents obituaries show that his last name starts with a G, too. I don’t know where that puts us, though.

what do you guys make of the condom wrapper at Anna’s house the night she disappeared? It def. wasn’t G’s. He’s too uptight to forget something like that.

and what’s up with Mr. Devon? I don’t trust him at all, after he lied about stuff to G. I haven’t gotten a chance to look up the city in AK he mentioned.

and I looked up a review of the Felt album, and the review said, “Felt were always just a little too left-of-centre; a bedroom pop group for people who probably read too much and had very few friends.” Which I thought was crazily in line with ASAS.

12/17/08 @ 22:09
Comment from: JohnDoe [Visitor]  
JohnDoe

Hey guys i’ve been deviling into the book for some time now, i’ve just started doing a complete over view of the main poeple in the book stating what is considered fact from the book and what i can infer from that.

Also i’m going page by page and listing all refrences in the book Aurthers, Painters, music composers, ect…(this is going to be a long time befor i’m done by page 60 i already have several pages of stuff about people and after words when i get them all im listing the pages they were mentioned and stating my own research i did on them pertaining to the book)

The more and more i look into it and get a better understanding of the huge knoted ball of conections between every one in the story and even the conections from people in the story to people in real life. Do i realize how little i even know of the book…. whats the phrase agian,…. oh ya, “ignorance is bliss”

i know ill be working here and there to find my own awnsers, good luck on ya’lls search as well

12/23/08 @ 00:00
Comment from: emma [Visitor]
emma

this book rocks. i would be very interested to see all the refrences. The second time i read the book i picked up on the anna/anastasia connection but thought i was insane. By that alone I beleieve that anna is not dead. i was a little pissed about the refrences page because i decoded that simply by trial and error. i have almost four pages of notes on that dang code.

12/23/08 @ 21:48
Comment from: J [Visitor]  
J

I’m horrible at mysteries but google lead me to this poem… it seems like it SHOULD tie in… maybe some of you can make sense of it?

AND THE WORLD WAS AS SIMPLE AS SNOW

You are like all
the dark shops of my childhood

where you enter
with the little tinkle of a bell

and the world blossoms
into a myriad of things colourful

to sell
stacked
in impossible & impeccable
order.

All yelling
shining
glinting
wild & glassy.

And the cash register singing
with the hard earned money

and the little tinkle of a bell

lets you out again

into a world
excited with the falling of snow

& the palpable approach

of a Christmas when Christmas was Christmas

and the world
was as simple as snow.

Dónall Dempsey

01/18/09 @ 05:12
Comment from: jettie [Visitor]  
jettie

i just finished the book and my friend told me about clues. after i finally got the book out of my mind.
u people really do try to figure out the end. though it seems to be a bit dead here. all the clues u have gathered here is amazing and you guys can really figure it out. i hope someone really does come to the accurate conclusion to this book.

01/18/09 @ 19:53
Comment from: Colleen [Visitor]
Colleen

Did anyone notice that the obit Anna writes for Mr. Devon is the exact opposite of what Mr. Devon told G__ on their train ride? Instead of his girlfriend dying, he died, etc. Is there any importance in her choosing of Mr. Devon’s last?

Also, one of the last things Anna said to G___ was “with this kiss I pass the key.”

02/03/09 @ 14:10
Comment from: Beckie-Ann [Visitor]  
Beckie-Ann
02/15/09 @ 14:20
Comment from: Leila [Visitor]  
Leila

I have read this whole page twice as well as the book and recommended it to many people. Even forcing some to read it. Everyones work on this has been incredible and I feel like we have come a long way. I plan on going through the book again much slower and taking notes. I need to find out what happened to Anna Cayne to finally feel like I have finished. I also plan on talking to this Gregory Galloway. He is genius.

02/16/09 @ 18:32
Comment from: Carl [Visitor]
Carl

I think that G___ is the author (C above 4 book clues on that) the first clue 4 the email thing is titled creation and has a picture of a guy and half of his face is cut out as if half of him is missing. Half of him you cannot see but you can kind of figure out what he looks like in your mind just like G___ and the Author I really whnt to see if the author looks like the picture. I hope this helps

02/22/09 @ 14:28
Comment from: d. [Visitor]  
d.

ok. i have found something amazing.
the clues keep pointing to the new york correspondence school (or nycs)
if you google images it you see many drawings of “how to draw a rabbit” and if you just google it you find this article. i will paste it at the end of this comment. it is so anna. the obituary in the clues sent to “deaths” from “buddha university” this is how the killed nycs. (read the article) my guess is that anna was part of this society. and so was mr. devon.
here is the article (enjoy!!!):
The New York Correspondence School has never claimed to be an innovation, but rather intends if anything, to carry on a tradition that goes back to primordial times. Examples of communication as an art form can be cited throughout history. Cleopatra had herself rolled up in a rug and presented to Julius Caesar. In the Middle Ages, Charlemagne received an elephant from Haroun al Rashid (the Caliph of Baghdad of Arabian Nights fame). During the Renaissance, courtiers might present each other with cakes in the form of palaces, inhabited by dwarfs. Charles I of England, and his Queen Henrietta, were favored by the Duke of Buckingham with a pie that contained a famous midget. Today’s heads of state take their communications more seriously, even if they miss the Dada aspect of much of it.

However, for the past 20 years, many artists have renewed the art of correspondence. It is an ephemeral, evanescent business that disdains description, but there is one central figure and possible founder - the artist Ray Johnson.

I first heard of Johnson through David Herbert, who had been with the Janis Gallery and had just then - 1959 - opened a gallery of his own. David was receiving in the mail small collages or non-specific art works from Ray Johnson, things that might be considered conceptual art in today’s terms. Ray referred to some of his mailings as MOTICOS. These were small calligraphic, caricature-like abstract forms done in pen and ink. Ray had offset prints made of these configurations and mailed them off to various acquaintances or non-acquaintances in the art world. I was impressed by what David Herbert showed me and I was fascinated with the concept of mailing things to an unknown but possibly appreciative audience. I had been using the mails myself to dispatch odd postcards or small objects and clippings to friends. But Johnson’s mailings were not restricted to friends, and thus were not necessarily in-jokes limited to personal experiences.

I was soon sending things to Ray and then began to receive mailings from him. The envelopes contained tidbits of disorganized collage scraps or proto-pop elements such as labels and pictorial material from the comic strips or newspaper pix, often transformed with drawings. Usually there were instructions to mail certain things to other people. Thus my mailing list expanded. Further, when I sent things to unknowns, they responded with mailings to Ray, or to other unknowns. Now I was corresponding with people I did not know and possibly was never to meet. It was possible to communicate with someone on one level without knowing them on any other, and this added to the mystery of it all. For the most part, the members of this not-too-secret society were artists, or poets, or dancers, though occasionally there would be someone from the “other side".

About a year after my first mailings to Ray, I arranged to meet him. On a warm spring day in 1962 I went down to the lower-lower East Side to his place on Suffolk Street off Delancey. I had been expecting something as cluttered and contrived as a Schwitters Merzbau, but to my amazement, the place was empty of everything but a chair, a bed, a stove and refrigerator, and a few boxes containing collages. Nothing on the walls, nothing on the floor - just two or three nearly empty tenement rooms. About a year later I discovered that Ray had prepared his apartment the evening before I was expected. He packed up everything and stuffed it into the room of his across-the-hall neighbor, Dorothy Podber. This was a trick Ray often played. Another time, while receiving a visit from Sam Wagstaff, Ray’s closet door opened and out came a young lady, Malka Safro. This so startled Wagstaff that he fled the premises. (Ray’s collection of acquaintances were apt to be unusual. La Podber, for instance, often appeared wearing several pairs of shoes at once. How she managed, I’ve never learned: one shoe inside the other… likewise with sleeves which she would peel off, one at a time, in a sort of mini-happening.)

Ray’s propensity for empty space was echoed in one of his early meetings, a “nothing” event which took place in the late spring of 1962. It was sponsored by George Maciunas, and occurred at a gallery that was in the process of relocating and was empty of all but some construction materials, bags of plaster, and some boards and saw horses.

There had been a notice in the Village Voice stating that Ray Johnson would be performing a Nothing. This, of course, was at the high moment of Happenings. At Ray’s meeting nothing happened at all until the end when Ray took a large box full of wooden spindles that he had found somewhere and threw them down the staircase leading up to the gallery. These spindles covered the steps and made climbing up or down very precarious. But up to that time, visitors would enter the bleak gallery, look a little bewildered and finally ask what was happening, only to get a succinct reply, “Nothing!”

Ray was eventually to stage numerous meetings at a variety of locations. (The meeting idea was taken up later by other correspondence groups. One such elaborate meeting was the Decca Dance in Los Angeles in 1975.)

Through Ray’s meetings I was to meet numerous artists and characters. I recall that Ad Reinhardt was at the early Nothing, as was Robert Buecker. A number of these people were as yet unappreciated underground movers of the avant-guard of those days. One of these was Sari Dienes. Recently, when a young interviewer asked Jasper Johns if Rauschenberg hadn’t been a significant influence on his early years, Johns replied, “No, it was Sari Dienes.” To which the interviewer, no doubt, replied “Sari Who?”

A few of my earliest correspondences were with Buecker, Richard Craven, Michael Malcé, the late James Waring, and also George Brecht and Bob Watts of the Fluxus group. By the mid-1960s I introduced Chicago artist Karl Wirsum to the game. Also about then I ordered a rubber stamp that read “New York Correspondence School of Chicago.”

Before 1962-63 there was no specific term for mail art. I began calling it the New York Correspondence School for this reason: Abstract Expressionism or Action Painting was then often referred to as “The New York School” so I merely inserted “Correspondence” into the term. This name caught on, despite the fact that Ray chose to spell it “correspondance” and chose to kill it in 1973 with a letter to the obituary column of the New York Times - a dead letter. But the term and the concept have persisted and expanded, first to the West Coast and to Canada, and finally internationally and intercontinentally.

Ever since the late ’60s there have been any number of correspondence shows throughout the world, even in remote places like New Zealand. The Canadian Government has given money for a Toronto group to publish FILE magazine, which gives listings of mail art people, as well as what they want to receive. Thus, the correspondence wave continues and thrives, and no doubt will do so until postal rates make it prohibitive.

03/10/09 @ 18:47
Comment from: Anika [Visitor]
Anika

try reading the song names on the CDs backwards, my clue said to look at the music and to hear the album artwork. Whatever that means….

04/13/09 @ 23:07
Comment from: laura [Visitor]  
laura

I don’t know if this has already been mentioned or if it’s common sense,

but Ambrose Bierce said,
“Good-bye — if you hear of my being stood up against a Mexican stone wall and shot to rags please know that I think that a pretty good way to depart this life. It beats old age, disease, or falling down the cellar stars. To be a Gringo in Mexico — ah, that is euthanasia!”
He wrote this in a letter to his cousin when he moved to Mexico.
Anna said, “being stood up against a Mexican stone wall and shot,”
on a postcard, remember.

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1846670_1846800_1846845,00.html

04/25/09 @ 18:03
Comment from: Shanesse [Visitor]  
Shanesse

The numbers on the home page of the website, the ones repeated in the code thing, i think refer to the songs needed to be listened to n the music page of the website. i havent had time to check it out but its a good theory i think.

05/18/09 @ 00:01
Comment from: Lee [Visitor]  
Lee

Do you think Baton Rouge has more significance other than just the place that G is going to escape? The psychic said he would be going somewhere soon where it was warm and by the water and there are tigers there (LSU is in Baton Rouge and they are the LSU Tigers, right?)

She said that he would go to someplace near the water (Baton Rouge is near the coast of the Gulf of Mexico) and that he would be with people who love him and would take care of him, and his brother was very adamant about his coming to live with them and get away from their parents.

I believe Clare also said something about Anna’s family being from the South, maybe. Is it possible that those sisters of hers live down there and she is waiting for G to figure it out and go there so they can both be with people who love them? (Off the top of my head, I can’t remember: Did the obit say that they lived to old age in Baton Rouge with their kids??)

One thing that came up in my mind a lot and has shown up here a lot, as well, is the relationship between Mr. Devon and Anna. Like how he was going to drop G off before Anna even though she lived closer. And the book that they both had. And the connection to Alaska. And her passionate anger towards him that never yields a reason. And her obit for him and the story he told about the fire. I honestly don’t think she is in Alaska with him, BUT I definitely think he is one of the most, if not THE most, important pieces of the puzzle.

On another note, I liked what someone up there mentioned about the comparisons to Lost and Twin Peaks, which exactly what comes to mind when I think about this mystery. They share a lot of ideas ie. numbers, dreams, faith, spirituality, coincidence, fate, secrets, small towns, disappearances, etc. and so forth. Anna Cayne seems to have had the same effect on their town/school as Laura Palmer did to the town of Twin Peaks. G is similar to Dale Cooper in that his exhaustive search for answers only led to more questions and the realization that everyone has something to hide. The island seems to have the same effect for its inhabitants in the sense that everything important in their lives can be traced back or is leading up to what is going to happen or what they are going to experience on the island. With Anna and Laura and the island, the question is, where is the line drawn between fate and coincidence? Did it all happen…just because, or did things happen because you had to have them happen to you to get to your answer?

I know the answer to our question is somewhere, and what keeps me going is the fact that Galloway has said there is a definite answer to be found. (He said that, right??) Anna is going to haunt me until I know where she went.

05/28/09 @ 22:10
Comment from: Angelie [Visitor]  
Angelie

I think Claire is a bigger part of the story….
and who sent the text message reading “SaSaS"?

05/30/09 @ 16:06
Comment from: lauren [Visitor]  
lauren

okay, so i have only just read the book today, but have been deciphereing codes, and i might be like really slow here, but you know the ’seis, siete, tres, siete, cero’ thing? turns out there is a train company with that number and the company is callled ‘ASAS’ get it? as simple as snow? i duno, but heres the link: http://www.asasgmbh.com/en/pdf/a_STIVIe.pdf

it goes on about germany and france, but also ‘kuala lumpa’? but there you go, i might just be like a month behind everyone, but i hope someone finds it useful

06/11/09 @ 11:01
Comment from: lauren [Visitor]  
lauren

another one, was the code ‘41573′ in the book? (if not i sound stupid)
but if you use the
a=1
b=2
theory, it spells daegc whoch is an anogram of caged :)

06/11/09 @ 11:07
Comment from: Chance [Visitor]  
Chance

maybe shes living in an ancient city in russia due to thefact that she feels shes more connected with the past then the present,shes trianing herself for cold weather and she has connections to the duchess,maybe shes living where the duchess was born or died but that so simple that it probably isnt the answer

07/07/09 @ 17:44
Comment from: dco [Visitor]
dco

One thing i noticed i haven’t seen talked about is the fact that mr devon is going to SLOCUM alaska, g states it doesnt exist, there has to be a reason for this, i looked it up and it relates to joshua slucom, from wikipedia:

“Joshua Slocum (February 20, 1844 – on or shortly after November 14, 1909) was a Canadian-American seaman and adventurer, a noted writer, and the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. In 1900 he told the story of this in Sailing Alone Around the World. He DISAPPEARED in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray.”

also in the begining of the story anna calls g to make sure he has the condom, theres no real reason this would be in the story if it wasnt relevent, it shows that anna is cautious of just leaving it around, so she would have never accidentally forgot it on the couch, so she either planted it or someone came in and removed her against her will before she had a chance to get rid of it

08/13/09 @ 17:25
Comment from: Kevin [Visitor]
Kevin

I loved this book. Anna’s taste in music was too cool. I wish I knew a girl like her. The ecclectic mixes were surreal. I figure Galloway to be mid 40’s, the cd’s scream college radio circa 1980s.

I too think Anna’s father was abusing her. One of the songs on the mix cd is Hole’s Softer, Softest. It’s about Courtney Love’s abusive childhood. Also there’s a line in the song “Burn the witch, the witch is dead", so maybe the mom is bad too? She thought nothing of smacking G…
The condom wrapper left on the floor lingers with me as well. I don’t think she was seeing someone else, she struck me as a woman of substance, loyalty meant something to her, the way she went after Bryce and all. It was a clue, that’s all.

10/15/09 @ 22:52
Comment from: Mia [Visitor]  
Mia

Anyone think that it’s possible Mr. Cayne planted the condom? He found her missing and thought he could put the blame on G_ Since they were together? Even though he knew that she had probably run away? It’s even possible that he planted her dress, to make it look like a suicide. So they wouldn’t have to take the time to act all sad that she was missing and have to deal with the public.

10/29/09 @ 14:42
Comment from: snowgirl [Visitor]
snowgirl

does anybody else wonder why the narrator never had a name??

10/29/09 @ 17:34
Comment from: Love, Craft [Visitor]
Love, Craft

This May Sound Stupid Because I Nearly Always Miss Something, But I’m Thinking Her Dad Abused her and Possibly Raped Her. It Could MAYBE Explain the Condom and the Bruises. I’m Most Likely WRONG. However, I’m Still Trying to Think of Everything the Novel Says about Bryce Druitt. He Seems Freakish. I Don’t Know. Maybe This Could Help Someone….?

11/12/09 @ 20:58
Comment from: HP [Visitor]
HP

You know, relating to Bryce, in the beginning G mentions something about how he’s relevant to the story somehow like he’s part of the mystery. I never understood that. Sure he and Anna had a tiff or to and there were some fishy things there but there was never any clue as to if he was a central part of the clues or not.

12/10/09 @ 00:07
Comment from: em [Visitor]
em

My head swims just remembering this book.
I just started reading it for the second time (after getting it for christmas; quite the best christmas present i’ve ever gotten)

Here are some things I’d like to draw attention to, they may or may not be significant:

-Anna give G the note that says “I need help with carl”
does this have anything to do with Carl’s disappearance? How did she get the note?

- Anna and Mr. Devon have the book about Arshile Gorky. She tells G that the artist lost a paintings in a fire. Mr. Devon is also an artist and experienced a fire. I forget the exact facts about it, but I think these things matter.

hope this helps.

12/26/09 @ 23:29
Comment from: Caitlyn [Visitor]  
Caitlyn

I’ve noticed that a lot of people have been speculating on the condom, but I was pretty sure the whole time that Anna planted it. I think that she did that so that her parents would go to Gregory (I’m also sure that the narrator is the author) first, so that he would know what had happened without hearing rumors about it.

I think that we should also focus on Carl and his family a little bit more. When magicians are performing, don’t they try to draw the audience’s attention away from what’s actually going on? Maybe that’s the key; even though we’re all focusing on Anna, what if we should be focusing more on Carl? Or Mr. Devon, for that matter? Or Carl’s dad?

I think that there’s something small that nobody is seeing, and that’s the key.

01/30/10 @ 23:55
Comment from: Caitlyn [Visitor]  
Caitlyn

Also, I’ve noticed that nobody has mentioned the spy radio waves. Am I the only one that finds them extremely weird and cool?

01/30/10 @ 23:56
Comment from: Kite [Visitor]
Kite

I can’t bring myself to look at any of the clues given here. I’ve been getting them over e-mail and am entirely stumped.
I like the theory that this is the ghost story Gregory wrote for Anna like she asked. I’m not sure what to think.

02/08/10 @ 17:22
Comment from: :) [Visitor]
:)

With the note Anna gave G that said I need help with Carl. I think she said in the book that she had found the note. I was thinking that the note was written by Carl’s dad to G’s mom. He was a drunk and maybe wanted to fix up a bad relationship with his son. G’s mom had helped him get into rehab b4 so he couldve decided to turn to her for help again.

02/22/10 @ 02:20
Comment from: Martin Valencia [Visitor]
Martin Valencia

From what I am seeing, I think that this might have something to do with Gregory’s life. When Ana said that his name is Higidey Pigidey or something like that it can relay to Gregory Galloway. So maybe the narrator’s name is Gregory.

03/12/10 @ 23:41
Comment from: Rock Guy [Visitor]
Rock Guy

I created a forum for fans of the book to help in the great search for Anna as well as discuss other issues of the book.

Check it out: http://assimpleassnow.webs.com/

03/16/10 @ 00:36
Comment from: Miranda [Visitor]
Miranda

I think that Carl has a way bigger part in the story. He is always in the woods and obviously he had a lot of secrets and reasons to leave G. Also in the book G asks him how he got the picture of Anna and Carl says that she gave it to him. He is also going to Alaska, and his dad knew Anna, maybe he is trying to cover up that Carl did something with Anna… just a guess

03/16/10 @ 01:52
Comment from: Gabrielle [Visitor]
Gabrielle

So I finished this book a few days ago and just started to get the clues in my email and the first one “creation” I was thinking maybe it has something to do with “Creation Records” because that is the record company that recorded the album “forever breathes the lonely word” that is what the picture is of.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_Records

03/28/10 @ 23:52
Comment from: Emily [Visitor]  
Emily

Hey! I just finished this book. There are several things about it that I feel are of great importance to solving the mystery.
1. Anna’s obituary of Mr. Devon is backwards. In it, his girlfriend escapes the fire which HE creates. In real life, his girlfriend starts the fire and eh escapes.

2. Has anyone else really thought about Houdini much? I really think the whole thing has something to do with him. I mean, the acknowledgements page might just be a clue intended to get us started on the whole hunt for Anna. Houdini is just so important for everything.

04/25/10 @ 15:36
Comment from: maria [Visitor]
maria

if she’s in Alaska it’s Goddard, Alaska
The Great Gatsby has 14 letters in the title asas refers to a couple of times
in the beginning of the gatsby tom asks Nick if he has ever read the book The Rise of the Colored Empires by Goddard
and the G____ i believe stands for Gatsby or Goddard

05/21/10 @ 10:16
Comment from: maria [Visitor]
maria

or on the fourteenth page of the Gatsby the first like is “You ought to live in California-”
and Gatsby himself was prolly a member of nycs

05/21/10 @ 10:26
Comment from: Sheena [Visitor]
Sheena

I haven’t been on this in about a year and a half, and I can’t believe how much more has been posted in that time. However, I can’t believe no one has found this yet:
- there’s a lot of theories that either point to Alaska or Russia. Does anyone realize that Alaska was purchased from Russia in the 1800s?
-Also, the whole Slocum thing with Mr.Devon- Joshua Slocum, who was the first man to sail a boat all the way around the world, has an inlet named after him in Alaska. It’s tiny, but if you google it you’ll see pictures. Joshua Slocum’s biography also echoes a bit of Anna, and, in his last great voyage, he simply disappeared and was presumed dead.
-Also, Anna getting herself used to the cold would definitely come in handy in Alaska, especially remote parts of it.
-The last time I actually took a look at Gregory Galloway’s myspace pictures, there’s an old timey one of a man with a beard a rather pointy nose- from the picture that I found of Joshua Slocum, it could be him. But I’m not 100% on this one.
I don’t know if these things help or not. Oh, also Joshua Slocum, after traveling all over the world and marrying and living in many different countries, ended up living in the south US, which is where Anna and G_ were supposed to meet up once again and get married and such.
So, I’d say it makes more sense for Anna to be in Alaska then in Russia. I’m still not sure on a lot of other things.

06/13/10 @ 02:37
Comment from: Ben [Visitor]
Ben

I think she is in Greece…

07/10/10 @ 17:26
Comment from: rae [Visitor]
rae

Has anyone ever considered Occam’s Razor?

07/24/10 @ 06:08
Comment from: G [Visitor]
G

Meaning the answer must be simple? Ahh, but is it simple like snow? (meaning not really simple at all?) I really want Anna to be alive and I think she is, I mean I think her being dead wouldn’t be a good ending, a happy one. My friend told me they think, and I think they may be right, that Anna is in Baton Rogue. The obituary shows Anna and G__ (oh yes I think G___ is in full Gregory Galloway) reconnecting there, marrying, and being happy. I would love if that actually happened.

07/29/10 @ 15:38
Comment from: jared hall [Visitor]
jared hall

is this forum still alive?
read this book around 3 years ago, had a conversation w/ my gf about it yesterday and its mystery and found myself digging today lol. read the whole forum and just wanted to know if you all are still searching. let me know!!

09/22/10 @ 06:18
Comment from: -MaR- [Visitor]  
-MaR-

Well, I know I am- as is the commenter above you. She’s sitting next to me. ^_^
If you want to discuss it let me know.:)
We can make this forum become alive!

09/24/10 @ 15:08
Comment from: j [Visitor]  
j

I think that anna was a used by her dad and he brought up the condom wrapper as an exscuse to bin the blame on G____ for anna dissapearing. I don’t think that the obituary anna wrote for G___ was meant for him to realize she was in baton roughs waiting for him. Alot of the songs talk about trains and goinng places and how live is going to better and okay and I think was trying to tell G___ that she had to leave andit had nothing to do wit him and that his life will get better. Also I think there is.so much mystery in what she left behind.because she didn’t want to leave anything simple as to where she was or why she left. This book was absolutely the greatest novel written.

10/30/10 @ 18:11
Comment from: j [Visitor]
j

Also , no one not when anna could have predicted how G____ would turn in the end. It wasn’t about annas plans or about how the songs and references lead up to annas location…they all have a common theme of mystery….life….and good or bad things that have happened. And well that’s life isn’t it? The answer to the book is how people can change and grow and how no one will ever know every meaning to everything but that’s what changes us and gives life meaning. It keeps it interesting and with G____ ultimate mystery there will always be something in his life that he hadn’t figured out or hadn’t came to a reL conclusion of…unlike before anna when nothing was interesting. Now his life is different and he can thank anna for that.

10/30/10 @ 18:43
Comment from: clay [Visitor]
clay

if you figure out what the clues mean and where she went the book will lose its amazingness

11/11/10 @ 14:22
Comment from: SteveB [Visitor]  
SteveB

This has gone on so long, with no word from the author, I question the “publicity” aspects of the whole mystery. Written at the same time a successful treasure hunting books and the Da Vinci Code, I think the publisher wanted to add their own formula to the creation of their idea of a current hit book. It’s a great lead-in for a timely sequel; but where is the sequel?

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book. I just want to believe the two will meet up again as mentioned in the last obit.

After all this time, no matter what the solution, it will be a let-down. Please put this to rest once and for all!

12/28/10 @ 14:08
Comment from: Me [Visitor]  
Me

I’ve just finished reading every post on this page and want to lay out what I’ve decided and present a few ideas:
1) I am fairly certain G- is the author
2) I really like the idea that this is anna’s ghost story

An idea that was mentioned once previously but I’d like to state again - I think Anna may have planted the condom to be sure that G- would know right away about her vanishment. Consider how long it would take your family to tell your bf/gf if you disappeared, it most likely wouldn’t be a first move.
I think Anna was faithful to G-. Her brutal adaptation to the cold shows her dedication to the things that mean a lot to her.

I love the idea that Anna was Mr. D’s girlfriend. I wonder if the bruises that anna has could be from continued abuse from her evil ex. She writes in his obit that his girlfriend kills him - and by writing the obit itself, she kinda does.

Carl and his father confuse me most. I like the suggestion that G-’s dead sister was Carl’s father’s child - but maybe conceive during a drunken rape of G-’s mom (however morbid that sounds).
Everyone has seemed to overlook that Carl was a drug dealer - something about that nags me because he is portrayed as such a good guy. I wonder if if it foreshadows or hints at a darker side to Carl we don’t really get to see.

Any thoughts?

01/09/11 @ 04:29
Comment from: McKenzie [Visitor]  
McKenzie

I read ASAS a year ago and after being reminded about by discovering a shortwave radio in my dad’s closet I decided to read look up some things about it to remind myself about it. I found the clues and am not receiving them via email. The first arrived just the other day. I looked it up and found this website which I found rather interesting… closer to the bottom of the page it quotes and song and gives a review of the lyrics and idea of the purpose of it. Though someone would find this as interesting as I did.

http://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review/1673

04/18/11 @ 09:43
Comment from: kalero [Visitor]
kalero

OK, so the last thing that Anna says to G– is ‘with this kiss I pass the key’. Houdini and other escape artists used to have a key passed to them in a kiss, so that when they were locked up they could escape. I think Anna is giving G– a way out of town.

10/07/11 @ 00:05
Comment from: Isabella [Visitor]
Isabella

Umm I’m thinking about the whole G– thing, you know about the no-name-for-narrator and I think that the G– is actually Gregory Galloway. Because the syllables match and you know G– instead for GG. Also in the first clue the number 4 pops up many times. Any hints anyone?

10/14/11 @ 12:55
Comment from: Coco Nutt [Visitor]
Coco Nutt

read the book; skimmed some of it.
these clues make no sense to me. anna probably went to alaska because of the whole map alignment thing in the book, and because it is ref’d multiple times in the book. mr. devon is perhaps aware, hence his lying to G “narrator", or gregory, the author.

10/31/12 @ 02:42

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