READING LIST by Jessica Susan Higgins

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READING LIST by Jessica Susan Higgins

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Self-published

A4, variable pages, black and white digital printing throughout, elastic band bound, each book is an edition of 1, 2015.

Compiled quickly by Jessica, 'Reading List' are a series of immediate bootleg zines featuring partial copies of several things on a... reading list. Edits come from subject matter such as self-sufficiency, football violence, Susan Sontag's 'Against Interpretation', tent building, sexist stock imagery and more!

Editions are packed at random, you will get something good. 

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Is it true that when we are scared our sense of hearing becomes very keen? Danger appeals to our senses, which respond with an unnatural alertness. We become still, and listen.

Good observers have the manner of trees and animals, and if they add words it is only when words are better than silence. What can we truly rely on but our senses?  The natural world is beautiful or ugly, fascinating or dull, thrilling or frightening, according to the mental lens through which we view it. Some may say that our experience depends in large measure upon our powers of interpretation. With nature, as with man's art, we see only what interests us, what means something to us.

    (“He was laughing in the church”)

Before him lay a large folio, bound, perhaps, late in the seventeenth century. There may have been a hundred and fifty leaves of paper in the book, and on almost every one of them was fastened a leaf from an illuminated manuscript. He was instructed: “If monsieur will turn on to the end?”, where he found much to delight in and be puzzled by. What he saw on the last two pages impressed him, as he has often told me, more than he could have conceived any drawing or picture capable of impressing him. One remark is universally made by those to whom I have shown the picture: ‘It was drawn from the life.’

    (‘It is he — it is he! I have seen him myself, deux fois je l’ai vu: mille fois je l’ai senti.’)