The Strange Woman & Seven Diamonds Miners is a 684-page erasure and “rewrite” of a found book. In the original text, the strange woman is revealed to the reader through the stories of seven men. Each man is a section of the book.  In the rewrite each becomes a stand-in for one of the seven dwarfs from Snow White. Mining the realm of pulp romance, the project is, in part, an attempt to present the text as both image and poetic narrative; an abstract rendering of inner form overlaid with commentary on aesthetic process. On another level, it is an attempt to reclaim, find, redefine and give voice to the object or main protagonist, a voice that has been lost or usurped by a patriarchal culture of consumerism. Two rules have been followed thus far in rewriting. The first is to use only the words available on the page. The second is to use the word “bed” whenever it appears in the text. The bed of the text is the bed of romance novels and fairy tales, a place for dreaming and the imaginary. The pages will be posted sequentially as they are written.


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6 Responses to About

  1. Lucretia the Good says:

    Remarkably beautiful book. Am looking forward to reading the next episode. Modern yet old-fashioned way of delivering “stories” as back when magazines serialized books.

  2. susan says:

    so psyched.
    ever since reading donald barthelme’s ‘snow white,’ i’ve been intrigued with the possibilities….
    go, debra!

  3. oshiame toni says:

    quite interesting ……has been a while since i last enjoyed a book. you made my day.

  4. Harry says:

    Fascinating and artistic, you’ve inspired me.

  5. Dirk Rowntree says:

    At just about the half-way point I’m consumed with suspense. What is going to happen?

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