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In the Mad Laboratory

Gill Partington: Invisible Books, 16 February 2023

Literature’s Elsewheres: The Necessity of Radical Literary Practices 
by Annette Gilbert.
MIT, 419 pp., £30, April 2022, 978 0 262 54341 5
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Inventing the Alphabet: The Origin of Letters from Antiquity to the Present 
by Johanna Drucker.
Chicago, 380 pp., £32, July 2022, 978 0 226 81581 7
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... in the industrial era, who tends to read past any strangenesses unless jolted out of the habit.Johanna Drucker​ ’s Inventing the Alphabet is all about writing’s material histories. It doesn’t get more material than the story of Yaqoub Caravacca, a Jordanian boy who in 1868 was hired to make a papier-mâché impression of a stone ...

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