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Monica Oppen: Book without a home? 2014

Prior to the last Federal election, the then leader of the opposition, Tony Abbott, seeking to discredit the carbon trading scheme, suggested it was essentially about trading in ‘nothing’. At the time I couldn’t help thinking that Mr. Abbott should take a trip up to the international space station and trying stepping outside without a space suit on. Then he might gain a new understanding of the meaning of ‘nothing’.

What does this have to do with books? Only that when something is so much a part of us, totally taken for granted, we cease to notice it: it becomes ‘nothing’. So it is with books. I would like to suggest that the book is the air and that, perhaps the artists book is the carbon dioxide. Will an increasing number of artists books have the impact of changing the ‘atmosphere’, not of art, but of the book itself? Read more