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3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  18 Ratings  ·  11 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
Jul 22, 2015 Arthur Graham rated it liked it
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
Aug 23, 2013 Bradley Milton rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2013 Christopher Nosnibor rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 27, 2015 Jeff Bursey rated it really liked it
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 telephone booth, copyright law cuts and divides and slices texts, users, audiences, lawyers, publishers into book ribbons, and then switchblades back to text ...more
Leo Robertson
Oct 12, 2013 Leo Robertson rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewtastic
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
Steev Hise
Dec 20, 2015 Steev Hise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels, fun, art
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
Sep 03, 2013 Corey rated it it was amazing
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.
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