- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: NLLF Press; Artists' edition (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 094845430X
- ISBN-13: 978-0948454301
- Package Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,162,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How It Is in Common Tongues (The Readers Project: Common Tongues) Paperback – 2012
How It Is in Common Tongues was composed by searching for the text of Samuel Beckett’s How It Is using a universally accessible search engine, attempting to find, in sequence, the longest common phrases from How It Is that were composed by writers or writing machines other than Beckett. These phrases are quoted from a portion of the commons of language that happens to have been indexed by a universally accessible engine.
How It Is in Common Tongues is an art work, and an aesthetic outcome of The Readers Project. For more information, please visit: thereadersproject.org.
The notes at the bottom of each page in the book give the shortest url (often one of many) that we were able to retrieve for the phrases cited. The first in a sequence of citations provides, in parentheses, the date when we found the phrase on the web page given, and immediately subsequent citations will have ‘id.’ instead of a date, where this is the same as that last provided. The number following the date (or ‘id.’) is the total number of occurrences found for the phrase, as searched on that date and for the search engine we used. Note numbers are hexadecimal.
How It Is in Common Tongues is officially hors de commerce. All monies are received from those contracting to obtain a copy in the form of a donation, with any surplus over costs donated to appropriate charities or advocacy groups.
This artists' book is produced in an edition limited to 256 copies, numbered 0-ff. The first f copies are not in circulation.
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Pierre Menard wrote Cervantes' Don Quixote exactly the same again, and - more banally - Sally Klee did nothing but retype her only book. Here thousands of real characters are fleetingly possessed by a text remaking itself through their unconscious collectivity; but in turn, the common tongues devour the singular work. There is an omniscient narrator, obviously.
(Only the maddening hexadecimal footnote numbers lose the fifth star ...)