Author Archives: noel

The last.

Since I’ve been reading Johanna Drucker all semester, it seems fitting to close my comments on this blog, where we have so often discussed the challenges and surprises of making, with something Drucker says in an interview for Journal of Artists’ … Continue reading

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Sendings.

First, I’ll tell you about the thing I did not do: I did not send a letter to my grandmother’s English cousin Beryl, who lives in Birmingham, the last, to my knowledge, of the English family that the American side … Continue reading

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Archive: House.

    From top to bottom: “Yuletide Greetings”; a marriage announcement, 1902; an assortment of empty envelopes; an assortment of letters and other handwritten scraps; three hand-embellished hankies; a collection of bone buttons; a lace collar; three calling cards; a … Continue reading

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Desecration & Evidence.

…their traces struck me not as desecration but as potential sources of evidence. —William Sherman (Books & Readers in Early Modern England 123) 1 For this first story, I have nothing to show you.  This is a memory, brought round … Continue reading

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Vernacular Documents.

Over the summer I acquired a black tin cash box of my paternal great-grandmother’s effects—interesting word—that had been sitting under a pile of scrapbooks in a closet in my grandparents’ house for decades.  At some point in the box’s life, … Continue reading

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Inscriptions / Interventions.

Inscription is a form of intervention, into which new machinery continues to interpose.  Ink is imposed on paper, while pens and keyboards intrude into the posture of hands.  Grooves are incised into phonograph records, while sound echoes in our ears.  … Continue reading

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