Acklam (Großbritannien): information as material, 2012
(Buch) 300 S., 19,8x12,8 cm, Auflage: 750, signiert,
ZusatzInformation: Inspired by Georges Perec’s musings on reading, which he likens to “a pigeon pecking at the ground in search of breadcrumbs”, Simon Morris’ latest book sets exactly those feral avians to work on the very surface of Perec’s celebrated text “Reading: A Sociophysiological Outline”. In the process he puts pressure on all of the terms in Perec’s title: what does it mean to engage a text physically — looking at print, flipping pages, processing language, vocalizing, responding — without any of the social practices or semantics we usually associate with “reading.” Or, to put this as Wittgenstein might: what activities still embody a grammar of reading even in the absence of what would seem to be its defining features.
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