In truth, the Library includes all verbal structures, all
variations permitted by the twenty-five orthographical symbols, but
not a single example of absolute nonsense. It is useless to observe
that the best volume of the many hexagons under my administration is
entitled The Combed Thunderclap and another The Plaster Cramp and
another Axaxaxas mlö. These phrases, at first glance incoherent,
can no doubt be justified in a cryptographical or allegorical manner;
such a justification is verbal and, ex hypothesi, already figures in
the Library. I cannot combine some characters:
which the divine Library has not foreseen and which in one of its secret tongues do not contain a terrible meaning.
- Jorge Luis Borges,
|Plaster Cramp Press was a xerographic micropress
primarily devoted to avant-garde literature and art. It was founded
by Seth Tisue and Brad Russell and was
active between 1990 and 1993. It is now sleeping.
SyzygySyzygy was a longish infrequently issued magazine -- so infrequently that we only ever got one issue out. One half was fiction, artwork, and essays. The other half was a reviews column. Issue #1, released December 1990, included an interview with anarchist writer Bob Black, fiction by Bill Bohrer, essays by Miekal And and G.X. Jupitter-Larsen, poetry by Kyle Hogg and John M. Bennett, and artwork by Freddie Baer, John Bergin, Michael Helsem, Michael Shores, Greg Evason, Joe E., and others.
The Impossible UtteranceThe Impossible Utterance was a very short frequently issued pamphlet, typically eight pages long, containing poetry, found art, and collage. Seven issues were published. Contributors included Greg Evason, Geof Huth, jwcurry, John M. Bennett, John Eberly, Liz Was, Miekal And, Michael Helsem, et al.
Bern Porter’s Less Than OverweightAndrew Russ describes Bern Porter:
Less Than Overweight is a 500-page book of Porter’s “founds” published by Plaster Cramp Press in 1992 in a limited edition of 28 copies.
Russ has also written a review that discusses Less Than Overweight as well as some other Porter-related books including James Schevill’s fascinating biography Where To Go, What To Do When You Are Bern Porter.
Novel ApproachA 100-page, 115-contributor collective mail art “novel”, compiled by the Avant-Garde Museum of Temporary Art and co-published by Xexoxial Endarchy and Plaster Cramp Press.
Ordering informationLess Than Overweight is out of print, but there are a few remaining copies I could donate to interested institutions (libraries, archives, or museums).
I’m all out of copies of Syzygy #1, but if someone were really interested I could make up a few extra copies. I should put the Bob Black interview, which is the item likeliest to still be of interest, up on the web at some point.
I can send you a large and cheap envelope of surplus copies of old publications. It’s two pounds of stuff for $6 postpaid in the U.S. and includes The Plagiarist Codex, Classical Plagiartism, a coverless copy of Novel Approach, probably a few issues of The Impossible Utterance, and lots of flyers and odds and ends.
Send inquiries to: Seth Tisue, email@example.com