Category Archives: Marginalia/

That which shows up in the margins of culture and cultural documents.

LIBRARY SHELF: Phantasmic Radio

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Weiss, Allen S. Phantasmic Radio (1995) ICI Shelf: Current project FIRST LINE: “What does it really mean, ‘To hear death in his voice?’” LAST LINE: “Such a Rabelaisian or Nietzschean body might incite a confusion of tongues to match the … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet

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Larsen, Reif The selected Works of T. S. Spivet: a novel (2009) ICI Shelf: Books to Inspire Last Line: “I pushed open the door and walked into the light.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed (10-24-12)

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To the Temple

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This is a nondescript sign on a back road of East Anglia, England. But to anyone who has read W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, this sign might (and it does) announce the site of Alec Girrard’s model of … Continue reading

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This Could Be a Place of Historical Significance

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In 1980, Braco Dimitrijević built an engraved slab into the pavement outside the Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. This photo was taken in January of 1992. Dimitrijević’s critique of history relies not only on language, the usual fodder of sign systems, … Continue reading

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Flowers at Chimayo

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This permanent memorial at Chimayo, New Mexico evokes the language of the roadside shrine.  The permanence of the ceramic calla lilies is undermined by a thin sheet of cellophane wrapped around the bouquet. Its haphazard embrace borrows the language of … Continue reading

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This is Bedlam

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A small plaque on the side of the Great Eastern Hotel in London marks the site of the old Bethlehem Hospital. The sign obscures the other name for the site. As W. G. Sebald schooled us in Austerlitz, at this … Continue reading

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The Red Hand

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A red palm print near an otherwise immaculately maintained doorway in Santa Monica. It resists inclusion in the visual marginalia that defines most urban sites. The red palm is the sign of the gypsy, of the palm reader, of the … Continue reading

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FIELD WORK DOCUMENT: Tinkertown Sign

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FIELD WORK DOCUMENT: Free Spirit Sign

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FIELD WORK DOCUMENT: Looks Like Rain Sign

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