Most of our conversations about Beckett—the trilogy and the films—involved an extraordinary number of comments about visceral responses. People seemed to respond to Beckett with their bodies; the book of the trilogy itself seems to have a material presence beyond its simple pages (it present walls, it submerges the reader, etc). Beckett’s narratives, too, have much to do with the body. Discuss the idea of “the book,” literary or artists’, as a body in relation to other bodies—perhaps here there’s call for reference to Barthes who at some edge sees the text as a manifold of texts and the reader as a manifold of texts. In Vas, we have a book that mirrors the body in its forms and investigates the body in all its themes.

Include: Beckett, Vas, Drucker