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'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."



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