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:: Send-a-Dime Letter ::

by Davis Schneiderman

PROSPERITY CLUB

In God We Trust

Mrs. Christine Galuppe 828 29th St. Denver, Colo.

Miss Alice Ferguson 1440 Marion St. ” ”

Mrs. Carl Ferguson 1440 Marion St. ” ”

Miss Katharyn Wiley 2317 Dexter St. ” ”

Miss Thelma Hardy 2317 Dexter St. ” ”

Mrs. Villa Pickens 1320 St. Paul St. ” ”

Faith Hope Prosperity

This charm was started in the hope of bringing prosperity to you.

Within three days make five copies of this letter, leaving off the name and address at the top and adding your name and address at the bottom, and mail to five friends to whom you wish prosperity to come.

In omitting the top name, send that person ten cents (10c) wrapped in paper as a charity donation. In turn, as your name leaves the list you will receive 15,625 letters with donations amounting to $1,562.50.

Now is this worth a dime to you?
Have the faith your friend had and the chain will not be broken.

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(Photo courtesy of Andi Olsen)

:: From “Farewell address by Davis Schneiderman, January 17, 1961” ::

by Davis Schneiderman

Good evening, my fellow Americans.

First, I should like to express my gratitude to the radio and television networks for the opportunities they have given me over the years to bring reports and messages to our nation. My special thanks go to them for the opportunity of addressing you this evening.

Three days from now, after half century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor. This evening, I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other—Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

….

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

….

You and I, my fellow citizens, need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nations’ great goals.

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration: We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its few spiritual blessings. Those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibility; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; and that the sources—scourges of poverty, disease, and ignorance will be made [to] disappear from the earth; and that in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

Now, on Friday noon, I am to become a private citizen. I am proud to do so. I look forward to it.

Thank you, and good night.

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(Photo courtesy of Andi Olsen)

:: From Reality Hunger: A Manifesto /Chapter y: manifesto ::

by Davis Schneiderman

588

It’s a commonplace that every book needs to find its own form, but how many do?

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590

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591

We evaluate artists by how much they are able to rid themselves of convention.

592

Jazz as jazz—jazzy jazz—is pretty well finished. The interesting stuff is all happening on the fringes of the form where there are ele­ments of jazz and elements of all sorts of other things as well. Jazz is a trace, but it’s not a defining trace. Something similar is happen­ing in prose. Although great novels—novelly novels—are still being written, a lot of the most interesting things are happening on the fringes of several forms.

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596

If literary terms were about artistic merit and not the rules of conve­nience, about achievement and not safety, the term realism would be an honorary one, conferred only on work that actually builds unsenti­mental reality on the page, that matches the complexity of life with an equally rich arrangement in language. It would be assigned no matter the stylistic or linguistic method, no matter the form. This, alas, would exclude many writers who believe themselves to be realistic, most notably those who seem to equate writing with operating a massive karaoke machine.

597

A novel, for most readers—and critics—is primarily a “story.” A true novelist is one who knows how to “tell a story.” To “tell a story well” is to make what one writes resemble the schemes people are used to—in other words, their ready-made idea of reality. But a work of art, like the world, is a living form. It’s in its form that its reality resides.

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From the writer

:: Account ::

Statement on [SIC] of the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy (Jaded Ibis Press) 

[SIC], the Latin abbreviation for “as written,” includes public domain works I have published under my name, including “Caedmon’s Hymn,” an excerpt from Sherlock Holmes, and the prologue to The Canterbury Tales

[SIC] also includes works in the public domain after 1923, and so includes Wikipedia pages, intellectual property law, genetic codes, and other untoward appropriations.

The text also pivots on Jorge Luis Borges’s story, “Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote,” taking the publication history, in all languages, through a replicated series of Google auto-translations to produce a new version of that story that references the original’s copyright status by virtue of its manipulation in [SIC].

[SIC] will have images from visual artist Andi Olsen—a few of use here—an introduction from Oulipian Daniel Levin Becker, and, for its web prescence, sampling-based tracks, already created for other projects, from Illegal Art label acts Yea Big, Oh Astro, Steinski, and Girl Talk.

The fine-art edition ($24,998.98) will be packaged with a biological pathogen, which the reader may choose to deploy over the text. In this way, the book [SIC] will make the reader sick — sick about copyright. The book is timed to the release of 25 free, full-text e-books — including The Red-Headed League and Young Goodman Brown, now marked with my name.

I am the author.

Olsen’s photos are of me in a Lycra suit, around Paris, a pathogen inserted into the text of (For Ink., the future follow-up and last in the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy, Tim Guthrie (cover photographer for [SIC], has taken photos of me in a black Lycra suit, in the woods and other natural settings. Those images will be inserted as loose pages into the book, hand dipped in ink.) 

[SIC] is a completely appropriated work, ideal for a world populated and reduplicated by copies.

This is not my idea, nor is it new.

Therefore, journals are free to republish works previously published by other journals. The Account has selected works entirely from the third portion of the book, and therefore all of the materials are drawn from the post-1923 period.

Of course, not one of these texts are new or original, with the exception of my name as author and their form in [SIC]. The contract offered to me by The Account, also, is not original. The document mashes-up extant contracts to create a document specific to the desires of The Account.

Therefore, this contract would be an excellent addition to the next edition of [SIC]. One need only add “by Davis Schneiderman” below the title of that text.

Here’s one to cut out when you print this page:

“by Davis Schneiderman.”

 Here is one larger, in case, like me, you’d enjoy cutting out larger text:

“by Davis Schneiderman.”

Wait, I realize that it’s odd with the quotation marks. Let’s try again, and go just a bit bigger:

by Davis Schneiderman.

Much better.

Now, some parting advice:

Be inspired. Be spontaneous. Be original.

I know I will be / again / before long.

Why?

Because, as publication in this fine magazine demonstrates, I am an AUTHOR!

AUTHOR!

 

Davis Schneiderman‘s works include the novel, Drain (TriQuarterly/Northwestern); the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy (Jaded Ibis), including the blank novel, Blank: a novel , with audio from Dj Spooky; and the forthcoming [SIC] (Fall 2013)—excerpted in The Account. He is editor of The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing (vols. 1 and 2), Associate Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Center for Chicago Programs at Lake Forest College, and directs Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books.