'Uncreative Writer' Retypes the 'New York Times' Poet Kenneth Goldsmith is a self-described "uncreative writer." For one of his books he retyped an entire edition of the New York Times, complete. He says writers don't need to write anything new, just "manage" the words that are already out there.
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'Uncreative Writer' Retypes the 'New York Times'

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'Uncreative Writer' Retypes the 'New York Times'

'Uncreative Writer' Retypes the 'New York Times'

'Uncreative Writer' Retypes the 'New York Times'

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Poet Kenneth Goldsmith doesn't actually write his books, it's more accurate to say that he types them.

He typed an entire issue of the New York Times into an 840-page book called Day. He recently completed a trilogy, The Weather, Traffic and Sports. They are transcriptions of a year of radio weather reports, a 24-hour traffic cycle and the radio broadcast of a Yankees game. Ums, uhs and ads included. If you think that sounds unreadable, you're right. Goldsmith himself says, "I don't read them. I get bored."

So why does he bother? Goldsmith explained: "The conversation around the work is always much more interesting than the work itself. So I let you off the hook. I say, you don't have to read these books. You can just think about them."