Tuesday, November 25, 2008

CRUST and its epigraph

Epigraphs are always important for books but in the case of CRUST, the Duchamp quote -- "Everything man handles has a tendency to secrete meaning" -- is particularly so because the book's metaphor is so singular and banal. My hope is that readers will keep Duchamp in mind as they read because the book is less about the comedy of nosepicking than the information it secretes and, further, the way in which such secretion -- in the context of the book as well as the information-plagued world in which we live -- will always neutralize itself. What is the effect of such neutralization? Are we buried by information or free of it at last?

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