Friday, December 13, 2013

Holiday Recommendations Guest Post #3: Kenneth Goldsmith

Jean Keller
The Black Book
Self-published/Lulu, 2013
740 pp., 14.81 wide x 20.98 cm., paperback
Edition size unknown

Let's just use the brilliant copy on the Lulu page, which says it all:

"Ink used for digital printing is one of the most precious substances in the world. A single gallon of ink costs over four thousand dollars and this is one reason why digitally printed books are so expensive.
However, the price of a book is not calculated according to the amount of ink used in its production. For example, a Lulu book of blank pages costs an artist as much to produce as a book filled with text or large photographs. Furthermore, as the number of pages increases, the price of each page decreases. A book containing the maximum number of pages printed entirely in black ink therefore results in the lowest cost and maximum value for the artist.

Combining these two features, buyers of The Black Book can do so with the guarantee that they are getting the best possible value for their money."

- Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith is the founding editor of UbuWeb and teaches Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. His books of poetry include Fidget (2000), Soliloquy (2001) and Day (2003), and the American trilogy, The Weather (2005), Traffic (2007), and Sports (2008). He is also the author of the non-fiction work Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in a Digital Age (2011). In 2013, he was appointed the Museum of Modern Art’s first Poet Laureate. His most recent book is
Seven American Deaths and Disasters, which the Paris Review called " important historical document and a beautiful example of what the Great American Novel might look like today."

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