Book Excerpts

Excerpt from “Culminations” by Trinie Dalton

“Again and again, Dorothy refers to her stories as art, does not distinguish between textual and visual narrativity, rather says all creative practice propels the artist into a unified exploration. Her artwork, then, can and should be ‘read.'”

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Editor’s Note on A Picture Is Always a Book by Robert Seydel

“Seydel delighted in the formal, the rhythmic, the alchemical: the way a red dot migrates across several pages or the mole-ish shape is reimagined; the notation of dreams and invocations of animals . . .”

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From the Introduction to Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson

“Valery describes the language of poetry as ‘abrupt returns of the fruit to the wild state.’ I can’t think of a better description of Johnson’s work.”

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Excerpt from “A Ray Johnson Story” by Kevin Killian

“In Ray Johnson, how many times do you see the final words of his sentences, speeches, questions, adumbrated by white space or by the rumble of a new thought.”

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It Is Almost That

“The Humming State of Not-Quite-This-And-Not-Quite-That”

“It is almost that” evokes the humming state of the not-quite-this-and-not-quite-that, a state that conjures an awareness of what accepted categories cannot contain, what familiar taxonomies cannot order, what one medium cannot express, what a single language cannot circumscribe.

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Everything Sings Denis Wood critical cartography

“The line between hog mapping and target mapping was short and direct”

An excerpt from DENIS WOOD’s lively, erudite, and irreverant essay in his eponymous book, EVERYTHING SINGS: MAPS FOR A NARRATIVE ATLAS

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