Tag Archives: Writing

1970: Knots

A selection from R. D. Laing’s Knots (1970). Here is another: Mother loves me because she is good I am bad, to think she is bad therefore if I am good she is good and loves me because I am … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2010: We Chast Butterflys

Found in a park, 2010: GUY CLUES 1. has gray hair 2. wears glasses 3. looks like mr. schultz 4. construction man day 2 very dusty [?] suny bisx [?] mayla aolo [?] must erestmangone [?] mushengone [?] blanck nin … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

1968: BE THE THING!

An exercise from Making It Strange #4, a workbook for elementary school students published by Harper & Row in 1968: BE ZERO AND SEE THE WORLD Simple things often seem dull until you get inside them and think the way … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2006: A Little White Shadow

Pages from Mary Ruefle’s book A Little White Shadow, which was composed by whiting out text from Emily Malbone Morgan‘s 1890 book of the same name. …seven centuries of…sobbing…gathered…in the…twilight…and…had their…pages…wandered…through the…dead…borrow so little from…the past…as if they were alive

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2001: Was the Silence Gloomy?

Gilbert Sorrentino’s 2001 novel Gold Fools is written entirely in questions. Here are the opening paragraphs: Were Nort Shannon, Dick Shannon, and Bud Merkel exceptionally morose as they sat before the small bunkhouse and about the flames of the blazing … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1894: Novel

Santiago Rusiñol: Novela romántica (1894) ¡Ay! ¡Desgraciadamente no, Elvira! replicó con vehemencia Rodrigo clavando sus rasgados ojos más negros que el azabache en el rostro seductor de su prometida, sobran para mi devoradora inquietud. Ya no comprende vuestro corazón al … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1973: 198 Methods

Gene Sharp  died last week. Sharp was a prolific theorist of nonviolent action whose writings have influenced anti-government resistance movements around the world. His work was profoundly shaped by the study of Gandhi and the labor and civil rights activist … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1973: Self-Translation

Born in Ireland, Samuel Beckett wrote almost exclusively in French after moving to Paris in 1939. He would then translate his novels and plays into English. He wrote the following sentence in his 1946 short story “Premier amour”: Personnellement je … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

1924: That’s What the Leaves Murmured

Diaz’s Forest In a forest painted by Diaz, a little motherkin and her child stood still. They were now a good hour from the village. Gnarled trunks spoke a primeval tongue. The mother said to her child: “In my opinion, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

19th Century: Pen Box

Muhammad Kazim: Pen Box, Iran, late 19th Century (bottom with portraits of Nasir al-Din Shah and persian rulers from the Shāhnameh)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment