Sunday, August 26, 2012
Kenneth Goldsmith | Soliloquy
New York City, USA: Granary Books, 2001
489 pages, 8 1/4" x 5 1/2", softcover
Edition of 1500
New York City, USA: Editions Bravin Post Lee, 1997
281 pp., 29 x 22 cm., softcover
Edition 50 signed and numbered copies
"Soliloquy is an unedited document of every word I spoke during the week of April 15-21, 1996, from the moment I woke up Monday morning to the moment I went to sleep on Sunday night. To accomplish this, I wore a hidden voice-activated tape recorder. I transcribed Soliloquy during the summer of 1996 at the Chateau Bionnay in Lacenas, France, during a residency there. It took 8 weeks, working 8 hours a day. Soliloquy was first realized as a gallery exhibition at Bravin Post Lee in Soho during April of 1997. Subsequently, the gallery published the text in a limited edition of 50. In the fall of 2001, Granary Books published a trade edition of the text." - Kenneth Goldsmith
The trade version is now also out-of-print and is typically listed between $50 and $180, but still available here for $21, here. The web version is available here and reviews of the book can be found here.
"If every word spoken in New York City daily were somehow to materialize as a snowflake, each day there would be a blizzard." —Kenneth Goldsmith.