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The Pedestrian (November 2003) click here for a pdf file

In June 2003 Lara Niedzwiecka (ex-Receptionists) was working on an MFA in Dundee when I visited her there, and she recruited me for her thesis, which involved curating a series of faux documents/ pieces of art. A few months later, I sent her the first (and so far the only) number of The Pedestrian, a screed against modernism by the Wellbeloved twins. Several bits of my life come together here: my love of Edwardian children’s books (E. Nesbit, e.g.), my fondness for Lord Avebury (q.v. my entry on him in the Dictionary of National Biography), and Alix’s complete set of James Sowerby’s English Botany or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with their Essential Characters, Synonyms and Places of Growth (1813). At least one person with a Ph.D. was fooled into thinking this was actually written and published in 1923 (I won’t name names). It is somewhat akin to the Parlor Rock Manifesto in Incite! number 22.

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