The current issue, Issue Three of The Coffin Factory features an excerpt from a collaborative work by author Justin Taylor and myself entitled Notes on the Inconsolable. Notes… is an erasure of W.G. Sebald’s novel The Emigrants.
Erasure is a method of delving into the depths of a text to see what can be found there. But the eraser is liberated—as well as made anxious—by the knowledge that said findings are not discoveries but creations. The erasure-text is not a salvage: it has no reality independent of the search for it, the searching is in fact what made it real. Erasure, therefore, is a way of being read, at least as much as it is a way of reading. – notes on erasure by justin taylor