Recent Reading: November 2020

Elliptical Movements

The Wood Pigeons, James Davies, Dostoyevsky Wannabe Originals, 2019, ISBN: 978-1086559958, £6.99

Flesh Rays / Daytrain, Rob Holloway, If P then Q, 2020, ISBN: 978-1-9999547-5-8, £8.00

Future Words, Mark Cunningham, If P Then Q, 2020, ISBN: 978-1-9999547-6-5, £6.00 or free PDG download

The Wood Pigeons is easy enough to describe. It’s a book in 261 chapters, the first being a page-long 365 word story, the remaining 261 being iterative redactions of the first, with words or phrases edited out and punctuation changes to retain coherence, the whole thing taking about a year and culminating in a single word final chapter. The reader is left to suspect that the original plan may have been to delete a single word a day for a year until life intervened.

Description is one thing, but interpretation quite another. what’s going on here? What is Davies pushing at? The most obvious thing…

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