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The Book of Accidents: Designed for Young Children. New Haven : S. Babcock, Sidney’s press, 1831. via Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities Advertisements



… with the idea of proto-constructivist agit-prop on the fells, stray Herdwicks limning quasi-Malevichs, near-Mondrians, organised by eager sheepdog commissars. Kurt Schwitters perhaps nearby, appreciating this rural echo of the vanished hopes of Weimar modernism. Smit Marks: “The smit mark is a bold stroke or pop, spot, or other coloured mark on the sheep’s body, […]

More on Darren Wershler-Henry’s The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting, via John Latta, who cites the following haunting and incantatory utterance: Amaranath sasesusos Oronoco initiation secedes Uruguay Philadelphia. This will be running through my head as I fall asleep tonight… What? Oh, something to do with aligning the keys. Have you no soul? […]