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Monday, 22 October 2012
Just Cut the Damn Thing Open: A Possible Life by Ben Krewinkel
I'm currently reviewing A Possible Life by Ben Krewinkel.
It's a book about an illegal migrant to the Netherlands. Part fiction, part reality, it is massively annoying, but also rather wonderful and very intelligent. .
The most annoying thing about it (after the part fiction/part reality thing) is the fact that to view the book properly, you have to cut it open. You have to destroy it in other words. I'm strangely reluctant to do this. But because it is such a smart book, I'm wondering if I should buy myself another copy so I have my mint collector's item. I probably will but I feel a bit odd about that, fetishising the mint condition work.
Oh well, I think I'll get the knife out tomorrow. Meanwhile you can read about the project here: Conversations with Gualbert.
And it's reviewed by Joerg Colberg here. Joerg doesn't say if he cut the book open or not. I'm guessing no. But I might be wrong.