By Kenneth Goldsmith September 11, In the conceptual artist Douglas Huebler wrote, “The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not. So, tonight I’m going to be talking about uncreative or conceptual writing uh, which is a type of literature that is made possible and uh, ii, ueh, born of and made. A recent interview on The Awl reminded me of a wonderful book by Kenneth Goldsmith — MoMA’s first poetry laureate, founder of the massive.

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I am now eager to read Marge Perloff’s Unoriginal Genius: Read more Read less. Books by Kenneth Goldsmith. Confront Can techniques traditionally uncreztive to be outside the scope of literature, including word processing, databasing, identity ciphering, and intensive programming, inspire the reinvention of writing?

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He is the coeditor of Against Expression: May 08, Renata Peixoto Ferreira rated it liked it. Moving beyond these computer-aided collections of data, Goldsmith transitions on to the idea of computer-authored works. While many of our current approaches go without saying, Goldsmith invites us to start talking about them and taking them more seriously. Midwest Book Review Good.

Uncreative Writing

This information is its own kind of language, with its own systems of encoding and decoding. Feb 18, Jacqueline Uncreativw rated it it was amazing. About Editors Subscribe Submit Contact. Writers and artists such as Walter Benjamin, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Andy Warhol embodied an ethos in which the construction or conception of a text was just as important as the resultant text itself.

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Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age

There are a number of methods used: Anything useless, in that view, is a work of art: Goes kdnneth with a bowl of sweet cherries. Wanted to like this, but it had no substance, and the author got off on the wrong foot with me by not understanding what a binary file is.

Showing of 14 reviews. The thoughts and ideas that try to stitch all together are old and many times repeated, and come mostly from the visual arts.

The book builds on the ideas of the article, most productively by historically situating many gldsmith contemporary practices and discussing the aims of his own uncreative writing course at greater length. Is he pointedly fucking with us? Customers who bought this item also bought. But clearly, the Internet has happened. Please contact mpub-help umich.

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I like reading about literary movements, so I enjoyed this. Taking full advantage of digital remix culture is one way the literary world is following suit. Apr 24, Adrian Deans rated it it was ok.

As a result, he opens up a vital debate for anyone who cares about literature, between notions of traditional creative writing and the set of practices he labels “uncreative writing”. By extending this tradition into the digital menneth, uncreative writing offers new ways of thinking about identity and the making of meaning. This book will give you a lot of good ideas about the ways that electronic text has changed the way we think about writing.


Remixing, reusing, repurposing, recopying, reframing, repeating, and regurgitating all become themes throughout Uncreative Writing. Set up a giveaway. That is, he goldsmitg fall into the Jonathan Lethem school I’ve been teaching an article that served as a precursor to this monograph for years and am impressed with the overall impetus behind both.

While some of Oenneth examples of “unoriginal genius” are, paradoxically, creative – the lawyer who publishes her legal briefs as kwnneth, for example – most of them would not make for enjoyable reading, as he himself admits. But he often strikes a prescriptive, even imperative, tone instead, for example when he urges writers to adopt the ethos of conceptual visual art to avoid writer’s block.

Machines are writing for other machines! Preview — Uncreative Writing by Kenneth Goldsmith. Yet the portrait it conjures of New York manages to be that rare combination of skeptical but not cynical; a combination often difficult wtiting sustain in modern urban life.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. These works also explore the creative consequences good and bad of appropriation and copyright. It is not that this text does not contain good ideas or that appropriation cannot Check out Conrad Aiken’s “Inscriptions in Sundry Places,” just as a jumping off point, to begin to get an idea of how not-revolutionary the basic ideas in this text are in literary terms.