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Tim Youd: Retyping "Ironweed" by William Kennedy

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  • The 100 Novels Project is an ongoing performance art piece in which Tim Youd retypes novels from beginning to end in locations that play a central role in the novels.

    Employing the same make and model typewriter used by the author, Youd types each novel on a single sheet of paper, which is backed by an additional support sheet. The artist loads the two-ply paper through the typewriter repeatedly, until the entire novel has been retyped. Upon completion, the two pages are separated and mounted side by side as a framed diptych, recalling two pages of an open book with the words obscured.

    Youd will be typing both the novel and the screenplay for Ironweed by Albany author William Kennedy.

    Image: Tim Youd retyping William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury; 326 pages typed on an Underwood Universal typewriter; Faulkner's home "Rowan Oak," Oxford, MS,June 2014. Photo credit: Robert Jordan, University of Mississippi.

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