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Grammars for Jess & Twenty-Two Cropped Sets

Grammars for Jess & Twenty-Two Cropped Sets


Marina LaPalma


    1978, 52 pages

    ISBN 0-932716-16-4



    A series of short pieces consisting of quasi-biographical tales with a lyrical syntactical-recombinant process that begins once the "story" is told. The phrases can amplify the meanings of the tale, but they may also disort or even sabotage its original implications. The process can go on quite indefinitely and so is, at some point, cropped to make way for the next tale.



    Marina LaPalma was born in Milan, Italy. She was a co-founder of Kelsey Street Press in Berkeley in the 1970s and a performance artist and art critic in Los Angeles in the 1980s. In the 1990s she was on the Board of The Children’s Book Project in San Francisco, a nonprofit dedicated to literacy-building in young children and served on the Menlo Park Arts Commission for five years. Over the past few years she was a bookseller at Stanford University Bookstore. Her most recent project was editing and writing the preface for her late husband’s book: The Plenitude: Creativity, Innovation and Making Stuff, by Rich Gold (MIT Press, 2007). She has recently moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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