The above is from Kenneth Goldsmith’s introduction to Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (a free UbuWeb download).“Why are so many writers now exploring strategies of copying and appropriation? It’s simple: the computer encourages us to mimic its workings.”
Goldsmith, of course, does not explain why writers have not created novels with internal combustion engines in imitation of the way cars work; or anthologies that flush their contents as you read them, in imitation of urinals.
Oh … wait….
|Marcel Duchamp, “Fountain” (1917)|
* I should point out that the title of this post is a play on “stupid money”—the term I’ve heard used for money one makes without effort, simply by being in the right place at the right time. The implication is that one is likely to spend such money is stupid ways.