first edition [ii], 96 pp. mimeograph. 4to
1969 · New York
by Mayer, Bernadette & Vito Hannibal Acconci, editors
New York: [s.n.], 1969. First edition. [ii], 96 pp. mimeograph. 4to. Publisher's side-stapled paper wrappers, front wrapper intentionally crinkled and stamped ink ink with title. Small closed tears and chips to covers, internally near fine. First edition. [ii], 96 pp. mimeograph. 4to. The penultimate issue of "one of the most experimental of all the early mimeo magazines" (Clay & Phillips, A Secret Location on the Lower East Side, p. 207). This issue includes writings by Bernadette Mayer, Vito Acconci, Sol LeWitt, Jerome Rothenberg, Clark Coolidge and Adrian Piper, as well as "Fire Cracker," the first major time-based work of Rosemary Mayer (1943-2014), an attempt to document the sounds of firecrackers in Little Italy each minute between 9:00 PM and 1:30 AM on July 4th. The piece comprises fourteen pages of "x's" and lines, each "x" representing the discrete sound of a firework and the lines representing periods when individual fireworks were indiscernible. It was a conceptual experiment, but also a record of her aural experience, a stretch of time while listening from her loft on Broome Street (Brooklyn Rail, 2016).
In 2006 Ugly Duckling Presse published a reprint of the complete run of the magazine. Original issues are uncommon.
(Inventory #: 309410)