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The Miraculous The Miraculous: New York

92. Fort Greene

Two young artists, one of whom has traveled by subway from his home in Manhattan, are in a small one-room Brooklyn apartment writing a dialogue on a typewriter. While one of them is typing, the other sits on a bed, waiting for his turn. They have been composing dialogues in this manner for nearly a year, creating a dozen texts on the subjects that interest them: sculpture, photography, poetry, film, painting etc. After finishing the final dialogue, the artist who has come from Manhattan makes his way back to the nearest subway station, a journey that takes him through Fort Greene Park. It is softly snowing. As he walks through the park, he notices a man improvising on a saxophone. When, 15 years later, he learns the identity of this musician, he wonders if his appearance that wintry evening in 1963 was the result of a convergence “secretly prepared” by his and his friend’s many evenings at the typewriter.

(Carl Andre, Hollis Frampton, Sonny Rollins)

Contributor

Raphael Rubinstein

Raphael Rubinstein is the author of The Miraculous (Paper Monument, 2014) and A Geniza (Granary Books, 2015). He is currently writing a book about the Jewish-Egyptian writer Edmond Jabès. A Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston School of Art, he divides his time between Houston and New York.

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