I like the piece very much and so I'm inclined to
write- but I don't know how useful my comments would
be to you given that my starting point is ,I think ,
radically different to yours - deep scepticism about
anything postmodern, conceptual, selfreferential &c.
However what in particular attracted me was that the
piece ( and I'm not implying that it's in any way
derivative) rather reminded me of the writing of
Donald Barthelme. It was initially the form of the
thing and the fact that it was bracketted by the two
images that brought him to mind, but it strikes me
there are deeper resonances.
Of course a superficial resemblence to the work of
someone else one admires isn't sufficient.
What I also liked about the piece was it's *density*,
So many pieces coming from the area that I would
characterize as 'conceptual'- and forgive me if you
don't accept that characterization, seem to me to be
pretty thin stuff - artist has bright idea - artist
realizes that idea - and we laugh or wink or or fail
to get it ( often in my case) and then pretty much
forget it and move on to something more substantial.
However this seems to me to have a good deal of
substance to it - and I also found it touchingly un-
To come back finally to the Barthelme comparison -
what strikes me is that here you've done something a
lot of people flying big flags have signally failed to
do and that is produce a piece of interesting
*writing-that-is-idiomatic-to-the-web* and it perhaps
locating it here rather than in in a tradition of
( although it always strikes me that it is in writing
that conceptualism finds its most comfortable home
-see any Borges short story)that makes most sense.
Anyway thanks, I enjoyed it.
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