You Can Own This ‘Dewritten’ Book For $345.67 | LitReactor

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, 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.

“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.

@colleenTS81:


  Hunger Games blackout poetry: what you do with beat up copies that you need to weed!

@colleenTS81:

Hunger Games blackout poetry: what you do with beat up copies that you need to weed!

daughterofs:

I just received these books which all contain blackout poetry:Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon - find it hereA Little White Shadow by Mary Ruefle - find it hereNets by Jen Bervin - find it hereRadi Os by Ronald Johnson - find it hereSince 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:

Tom Phillips, A Humument
Janet Holmes, The Ms of M Y Kin
And, I’d be a terrible marketer if I didn’t mention that Steal Like An Artist has a few blackouts, too…

daughterofs:

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…

Tree of Codes, by Jonathan Safran Foer

austinkleon:



New Yorker:     
                   
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            

Read more about the book

Also: Jonathan Safran Foer’s New Book Will Have A Few Words And A Plot

UPDATE: Yes, folks, I’m familiar with Tom Phillips’ A Humument. I write about it and other books of these kind of literary experiments in Newspaper Blackout

Tree of Codes, by Jonathan Safran Foer

austinkleon:

New Yorker:

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

Read more about the book

Also: Jonathan Safran Foer’s New Book Will Have A Few Words And A Plot

UPDATE: Yes, folks, I’m familiar with Tom Phillips’ A Humument. I write about it and other books of these kind of literary experiments in Newspaper Blackout