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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  13 reviews
[SIC] is a completely appropriated work, readymade for a world populated and
reduplicated by copies. [SIC], taking its title from the Latin abbreviation for “as written,” includes public domain works, like “Cademon’s Hymn,” Sherlock Holmes, and the prologue to The Canterbury Tales, and features Wikipedia pages, intellectual property law, genetic codes, and other untoward ap
Paperback, 154 pages
Published October 2013 by Jaded Ibis Press
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Arthur Graham
A short, light read that enacts instead of arguing the issues of authorship, plagiarism, and textual authenticity. Granted, the 95% of it that's NOT photos of Schneiderman making a public nuisance of himself is mostly just a series of extracts from other works with his name slapped on them, but the point comes across just the same: language is a contagious little bugger, a "virus" as William S. Burroughs used to say, and all our efforts to contain it are probably even less effective than vaccina ...more
Bradley Milton
Read the book in one sitting. Seems we are on the exact wavelength here. Got with the program. Great to know this literature is happening. Surprize Is Coming. Even some handy phrasings from good ol' Huck Milton , so I think this is definitely what's happening now.

Finally, the book that proves new insight into the post-novel ideas of David Shields, Schneiderman's [SIC] is a feast for those hungry for reality and wanting more. Play around with it just a bit. Dipping into many ages and styles and
Christopher Nosnibor
I’ve spent many years studying the work of William S. Burroughs, specifically his cut-up works. I was fascinated by the way these texts covered a plethora of theoretical angles and contained so much depth, not to mention the way the narrative voice felt so uniquely Burroughs, despite being a conglomeration of appropriated voices. Specifically, I was taken with the way the cut-ups challenged notions of authorship and the ownership of words.

Continuing the trajectory of the discourse initiated by
Jeff Bursey
Just up here --

-- is a longer review of this work of fiction(s). Below is what I said on Goodreads a while back.
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This is a book for everyone because it's by everyone, and Davis Schneiderman has had almost nothing to do with it. What does that mean? Every word is taken from someplace else, from hymns, speeches, famous books (read and unread), plays, transcripts, and recast in the context of copyright. Yes, the literary equivalent of a knife fight in a
Leo Robertson
So these are the notes that I made while I was reading this book- I was going to craft it into a review, but then realised the fractured nature of it might actually be fun to piece together yourself a la [SIC]- please tell me if I was wrong!

1. I didn’t expect to have so much to say about this experiment, but I sure do
2. funny references in initial 99 notes
3. this guy is off his nut
4. This is one of the classiest toilet books available!
5. Favourite reference was Zero Wing from Sega Mega Drive
Christina Wilder
Disclaimer: An ARC was provided for an honest review, and I am thankful for the opportunity.

I don't know if I can rate this one.

It's actually not meant to be read. That must sound strange, but this appropriation of public domain works along with some odd photographs is more of a comment on works in the public domain and art/creativity in general.

The works are diverse - code for a virus, Hamlet, chain letters, ballads...they've all got that connection. They're out there for grabs. Take what you
I received a pdf copy of the book [SIC] by Davis Schneiderman from the publicist as an advance reading copy through a Goodreads give away.

SIC is not so much a book, as a conceptual art piece about books, reading, literature, and the authenticity of an author and writing. Compiled from open source books, [SIC] traces the history from early literature to modern day, moving from the printed page to on-line only documents. [SIC] nudges the reader to think about what is an author, are there any truly
Debra Di Blasi
“This book is all about breaking down the boundaries that we've inherited from the ruins of the 20th century. There is no way that you can put this book down and not feel how much this century is different from the last. It's kind of like a roller coaster without handbrakes. You wait for the finale, but realize it's all in the mix. Highly recommended.”
—Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky, musician and author of The Book of Ice

“[SIC] elegantly draws our attention to a fortuitous coincidence: that 1923,
Steev Hise
My high rating for this book is for its high concept, and I'm biased since it's a concept (appropriation, plagiarism, recycled culture, there are many terms one could use) that I've been involved with, both in my own artistic practice and as a subject of study and documentation.
[full disclosure: Another source of bias is that a review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher]

With this slim volume, Schneiderman pushes at an envelope of that concept of artistic appropriation. In it, he r
Davis Schneiderman’s latest conceptual art book, [SIC], a fully “playgiarized” text (that is, the text is from other sources, rearranged, illustrated, played with, cut and pasted, mutated and illuminated by the artist) is a joy. It is challenging, trippy, humorous, clever and, ultimately, just plain beautiful. Though Schneiderman didn’t invent this form here he makes it his own through wit and acumen. His ghostly figures, traversing the mundane world, seem disembodied spirits responding to the c ...more
An interesting concept - its not so much a book to be read, but more-so a look at the ways in which literature is changing, books are changing, copyright and plagiarism is changing...

Who owns what anymore? If I tweak something, does it then become unique? Can I stick my name to it and call it mine?

I will not rate this book because I am promoting it. Those who are interested in reviewing the book here on goodreads should message me.
Kim Heimbuch
Will post review once posted at place of origin.
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Davis Schneiderman works include the novel Drain (TriQuarterly/Northwestern); the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy (Jaded Ibis), including the blank novel, Blank: a novel , with audio from Dj Spooky, and the forthcoming [SIC] (Fall 2013), with intro by Oulipian Daniel Levin Becker, images from Andi Olsen and audio from Illegal Arts acts Oh Astro, Steinski, Yea Big, and Girl Talk.

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