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Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. the Joy of Cooking

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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 University Press (first published March 1st 2010)
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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
Cameron Blaylock
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is more relaxing than doing yoga or meditation.
D'Argo Agathon
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
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
Carrie
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had the orange hardcover library edition.
cori
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
declarative & sometimes relaxing. sad to find all of the restaurants described here are now closed
Mickey Kowaleski
brilliant
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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,
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Gavin
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

There's hermetic, and then there's HERMETIC. This book is willfully obscure, and wears its obscurity proudly (with some requisite tongue in cheek, appropriate for the Age, sprinkled in here and there)...yet, it is enjoyable at times, and quite the impressive rhizomatic cloud of text and image/objects whose book-ness is only held together via the covers enclosing it, along with the smells of well-“cooked”, transformed Western reading habits baked into the text.

Is this self-reflexive m
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Sofia
[Has apparently completed her annual reading challange]

[Has apparently limitless faith in herself]
Lester Robles
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Probably the bext thing I've read in the last few years.
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Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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