Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. the Joy of Cooking
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Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. the Joy of Cooking

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  8 reviews
How do we read a book as an object in a network, in a post-book, post-reading, meta-data environment? Seven Controlled Vocabularies models a generic book, a kind of field guide to the arts, wherein distinctions between various aesthetic disciplines are relaxed or dissolved and where avant-garde notions of difficulty are replaced with more relaxing and ambient formats such...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Wesleyan (first published March 1st 2010)
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Sep 28, 2010 M. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, own
I wrote about this at HTMLGiant, I will copy and paste to here:

1. China—poetry. 2. Mass media and language. 3. Wives—family relationships. 4. Literary form—data processing. 5. Poetry—therapeutic use. 6. Literary criticism and the computer. 7. Metadata—standards.

The above text comes from the front cover—which coincidentally serves as the backcover—of Tan Lin’s Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking. The text is only half of the metadata supplied, an excerpt from the L
Sean Endymion
While EUNOIA’s experimental frame and strange content inspired everything in me from quirky interest to enthralled imagination, the only thing I feel when reading Lin’s – well, whatever the title for this collection is – is a general malaise of “why?”. Nothing seems to quite work here, in my opinion, and I think the heart of the problem is split into two parts: one, my complete and profound disagreement with Lin’s “mission statement” of sorts (i.e. his editorial note, and the random “prefaces” i...more
This was one of the most experimental works I think I've ever read in my life.

It was a highly sophisticated, complex, avant-garde read, but at the same time, strangely self-effacing and ironic. The tone of the entire work is impersonal for the most part. The narrative asserts that the most generic, symmetrical, and uniform expressions in architecture, film, books, places, etc. are the most beautiful because nothing is actually happening in them. The more one forgets and is removed from a piece,...more
Jim Elkins
So I was entranced by "Blipsoak01" and much less by "Seven Controlled Vocabularies." I read everything I can find that mingles novels, poems, and images, from Roddy Doyle's memoir of his parents to Samantha Fox's memoirs, Anna Carson's "Nox," of course Sebald, Frisch, Foer, and many others. In that diverse field this isn't an especially interesting contribution. The choices are consistently part of the recent art-world interest in the everyday, the mundane, the suburban, the overlooked, the fain...more
Chris Schaeffer
Really useful to me in figuring out some stuff about Jack Spicer-- especially weird, cryptic 'Golem.' I don't know.
Cameron Rabbit
Reading this book is more relaxing than doing yoga or meditation.
Lester Robles
Probably the bext thing I've read in the last few years.
I had the orange hardcover library edition.
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