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  • Writer's pictureMichael Jacoby

Americus Video #4 - "Fairview Avenue" Talkback

Updated: Jan 16, 2021

Original Release Date: March 31, 2017

The two major deities, the donkeys and the elephants, disagreed on how to handle the situation.

Ever since finding a Tristan Tzara quote posted on a board at Rutgers (for another class' special project), I've been having this idea in the back of my mind to do something similar. The full quote, listed below, used to be the synopsis on the index page, giving the boxes an uneven and interesting appearance. But with the new Wix updates, I guess, the boxes now appear to be more uniform, leaving a major gap between the respective boxes for issues 3 and 1. At least it used to, but as of this writing it went back to normal again. If it happens again, I'll change the synopsis to read "See Tristan Tzara quote."

I've always been with how the picture quality on this one turned out, especially after the adding of Wix Code. Whether it was the former or back on the old version of the site, the narration in the blue boxes were somewhat unreadable, killing the story.

The Tzara quote is:

"Take a newspaper.

Take some scissors.

Choose from this paper an article of the length you want to make your poem.

Cut out the article.

Next carefully cut out each of the words that makes up this article and put them all in a bag.

Shake gently.

Next take out each cutting one after the other.

Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag.

The poem will resemble you.

And there you are -- an infinitely original author of charming sensibility, even though unappreciated from the vulgar herd."

--Tristan Tzara


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