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Re: [BKARTS] Books without Words



> Words are to books what coffee is to a coffee can.
> michael

Books are to coffee what a reclining nude is to a martini. Or is it as?
Perhaps coffee is to books as water is to level. Let's table that motion
until the next meeting.

We have to be careful, if we are entering the nebulous world of Blue and
Brown books, to remember Ulises Carrion. Perhaps not everyone on this list
has read "THE NEW ART OF MAKING BOOKS," which currently serves as the
manifesto of the book art movement.

We have a discussion taking place in which people are using the word "book"
to mean completely different things. It's been over 25 years since Ulises
wrote:

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WHAT A BOOK IS

A book is a sequence of spaces.
Each of these spaces is perceived at a different moment - a book is also a
sequence of moments.
A book is not a case of words, nor a bag of words, nor a bearer of words.

A writer, contrary to the popular opinion, does not write books.
A writer writes texts.
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It would be a more productive and less redundant discussion if the
participants read his entire text. You can click this link to read it:
http://centerforbookarts.org/art/carrion.html

If you were not a book_arts-l subscriber in 1998 and haven't read through
the summary of a similar discussion on this list organized by Peter
Verheyen, that is also an important reference:
http://www.philobiblon.com/whatisabook.htm

--
 Richard
 http://minsky.com
 http://www.centerforbookarts.org

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