Daniel’s piece “Index of First Lines” appeared in the first Monolith. I’m a big fan of Daniel Levin Becker. Corresponding with him has been, literally, one of my recent great pleasures. He has a smooth, translucent humor that could for some be imperceptible, but once “in the know” regarding his interests and biography, one can trace his influences quite visibly to the Oulipo (who are playful literary and mathematical experimentalists, at least that’s how I’ve felt ever since reading A Void by Perec and Zazie by Queneau – Becker has had direct experience with a handful from this literary gang during his studies in France). Beyond Daniel’s ability to make me laugh at his casual e-letter quips, his writing is conversationally ambrosial. Simply put, I feel decadent reading his work, or like I’m eating a rich meal (in a French way, not in an American way).
Below are some bits that inspired Daniel’s “Index of First Lines,” which was featured in the first issue of Monolith.
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