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Brian Griffin explains to a clueless girl what a book is and, in so doing, proleptically describes Kenneth Goldsmith’s new project “to literally print out the entire internet.”

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“It’s like the internet made out of a tree.”

Michael Leong is the author of the poetry books e.s.p., Cutting Time with a Knife, Who Unfolded My Origami Brain?, and Words on Edge. His creative work has been anthologized in THE &NOW AWARDS 2: The Best Innovative Writing, Best American Experimental Writing 2018, and Bettering American Poetry, Volume 3. His co-translation, with Ignacio Infante, of Vicente Huidobro’s long poem Sky-Quake: Tremor of Heaven is forthcoming from co•im•press in late 2019. His critical monograph Contested Records: The Turn to Documents in Contemporary North American Poetry is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press in May 2020. He has received grants from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts.

4 thoughts on “Brian Griffin explains to a clueless girl what a book is and, in so doing, proleptically describes Kenneth Goldsmith’s new project “to literally print out the entire internet.”

  1. Hehe. Someday I hope someone quantifies the amount of nonrenewable resources burned each month to provide the electricity that powers the internet, assuming that’s even possible to calculate.

    1. I also wonder about the historical data–how many whales had to perish for people to read at night?

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