In Praise of Copying: A Borgesian Book Launch in Brooklyn

In Praise of Copying: A Borgesian Book Launch

Friday, October 1st, 2010
7:00 pm

We are very pleased to present Marcus Boon on the publication of his book, In Praise Of Copying (Harvard University Press).

“Every man should be capable of all ideas, and I believe that in the future he will be.” — Jorge Luis Borges, “Pierre Menard”.

In Praise of Copying, Marcus Boon’s new book from Harvard U.P. makes the bold claim that everything in the universe is a copy, and that that’s a good thing. Join us to test that theory at the New York launch hosted by the excellent booksellers Spoonbill and Sugartown of Williamsburg. Instead of reading from his book, as is traditionally done at a launch, Boon will read from books selected at random from the copious and wide-ranging shelves of Spoonbill, revealing the secret Borgesian omnipresence of copying in even the most obscure or popular places, recreating the argument of In Praise of Copying using materials found in the store. In other words: by making a copy of his book. Refreshments will be served; discussion encouraged; books signed.

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