Kyle MacDonald, the writer who bartered a red paperclip for a house through a series of trades, has a new project: A “dewritten” book.
Inspired by the blackout poetry of Austin Kleon, MacDonald took a book and, using “5 black felt pens and 100 hours,” transformed it into a new work that’s comprised of “more than 352 unique drawings with poems and phrases created using only pre-existing words in the book.”
The book he used was Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live by Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes & Catherine McCarthy. The new work is entitled Be Anything. He’s selling it for $345.67 on Etsy.
“Blackout poems from bad books, part 1” by salix lucida
There are only so many topics one can eke out of Atlas Shrugged no matter how much context one blacks out. Somewhat surprisingly to me, one of them is stars.
(Blackout poems being a clever little exercise of Austin Kleon’s, and something I’ve wanted to try with insufferably bad books for a while)
“Blackout poems from bad books, the inspiration” by salix lucida
I’ve wanted to do blackout poems a la Austin Kleon using insufferably bad books, ever since I wound up with a damaged copy of Atlas Shrugged. It was only when I found this paragraph spoken by an antagonist that I realised how perfectly it could work.
Hunger Games blackout poetry: what you do with beat up copies that you need to weed!
I just received these books which all contain blackout poetry:
Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon - find it here
A Little White Shadow by Mary Ruefle - find it here
Nets by Jen Bervin - find it here
Radi Os by Ronald Johnson - find it here
Since I’ve dedicated this blog to my own blackouts, I thought I’d just leave this here in case you are interested in such books. ^_~
I would add a few others:
And, I’d be a terrible marketer if I didn’t mention that Steal Like An Artist has a few blackouts, too…
For his next book, “Tree of Codes,” [Foer] excised sections of a book by Bruno Schulz—literally cutting words from the pages—to let his own story emerge. “I would encourage everyone to do this,” Safran Foer said