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The Prismatic Mechanics Of Makin’s Making–John Olson rewiews Richard Makin’s Work

The Prismatic Mechanics Of Makin’s Making–John Olson rewiews Richard Makin’s Work

“Our words are entering a new era,“ writes Richard Makin on page 25 of Work. Boy ain’t that the truth. The world has undergone a paradigm shift and we need a language to reflect this condition, to explore its dimensions, measure its apertures and parameters, put a periscope up and take a look at the landscape. The world needs a Noah to survive this moment. An ark of paper and spine to transport the English language forward through time, preserving all of its former potential while adding new possibilities to its mutant future. Work is such an ark. The finesse of its hull and keel indicates a measure of work performed with gladness and invention and here are the results: a language pulsing, pounding, pushing forward with humor, wit, and unbridled elucubrations of life à la Tristram Shandy. Had Laurence Sterne survived into the second decade of the new millennium he may have written such a book. I see his wink of approval everywhere. 

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October 2022