joanne lee


Lord Biro

and the writing on the wall

Issue #2 Lord Biro and the writing on the wall is all about misreadings and willful misunderstandings: it explores curious characters encountered on various city streets as well as the names people are given, or (sometimes) choose to go by, before digressing into the unexpected poetry of tagging and abstract paintings on city walls.

The concertina companion of footnotes starts to get a little out of hand, with many entries spawning notes of their own, and some of these generating still further annotation... Amongst these you’ll find a disquisition on the naming of colours, consideration of the biro’s invention and use, a list of recording artistes whose names claim spurious nobility, thoughts on archaeology, the different knowledge made possible by practice, and Hans Magnus Enzensberger on contradiction in essays.

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