Not Nothing by Ray Johnson. $45. 380 pages. Published by Siglio.
Well, here's an essential item for our readers if there ever was one. Not Nothing collects (but, since it culls from 1000s of pages, it is but one possible collection) Johnson's writing. But, unlike a traditional collection of a visual artists poetics or critical writing, Not Nothing is, instead, a vital part of Johnson's art. Johnson, like a cartoonist, explored the language of imagery and text working together. A Johnson image/sentence/collage explores associations but, more importantly, creates new undeniable meanings. This book collects the high highs of this project. Another triumph from Siglio.