Here is a postcard written on 15th August 1931 by Mary, sent to Miss Lenton in south-east London. The front of the card is a view of the crescent of…
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In A Passage (Granary Books, 1994), Buzz Spector printed the same passage of text on every page of a 181-page book that was bound in a conventional…
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1. Pavel Büchler (b. 1952) Pavel Büchler’s Idle Thoughts is a collection of the artist’s diaries covering the years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007-8, and…
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Histories of autobiographical writing traditionally point to a few key works to describe the emergence of a particular kind of narrative in which the…
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The descrypcyon of Englonde, ‘Enprynted in flete strete in ye sygne of the sone By me Wynkyn de Worde’ in 1502, is a history of Britain. It’s a mix of…
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One of the features of books is their tendency to describe their own history: as the bibliographer and literary critic D.F. McKenzie wrote, ‘every book…
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One form of creativity-through-constraint practised by Jean Lescure and Raymond Queneau and those French writers who in the 1960s styled themselves…
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A brief experiment in cutting up poetry. I wondered what would happen if I tried to patch together an Edmund Spenser poem using William Shakespeare’s…
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If you are having trouble remembering your sins in seventeenth-century France – if you feel you need some kind of spiritual prompt – then you could do…
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In an article called ‘Printers of the Mind’, published in 1969, the bibliographer D.F. McKenzie unraveled certain fundamental assumptions imagined and…
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In a hands-on ritual that has now largely been replaced by the beep of a bar code reader, borrowing a library book for many decades involved the…
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If you are a bibliophile in London in the second half of the nineteenth century – or if you are any kind of reader at all – it’s likely you spend a good…
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