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Michael Corris papers of the Art & Language New York group, 1965-2002

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finding aid for the Michael Corris papers of the Art & Language New York group, 1965-2002
Series I. Art & Language New York, 1971-1977, undated 22.2 linear feet (11 boxes, 11 flatfiles, and 3 rolls)
This series is comprised of materials from Art & Language New York's main projects carried out during the group's active lifespan. The series highlights Art & Language New York's involvement and production of indexing and mapping projects, as well as work associated with the New York group's publication, The Fox, and the group's involvement with national and international projects.
Arrangement note
The projects are arranged chronologically as originally devised by Michael Corris.
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1 1-2 Dain Gallery exhibition materials, 1971, undated
1 1 Exhibition of lectures, 1971
Flyer was sent from Ian Burn to Gregory Battock.
1 2 "A short introduction on the Work," flyer, undated
1 3-6 "Frameworks and Phantoms," 1972
Text by Michael Corris and Mel Ramsden with annotations by Michael Corris and Mel Ramsden. Includes typescripts and original circulated photocopies.
1 7-13 "The Fine Structure of Collaboration," 1972
Text is by Michael Corris.
1 7-8 Typescript and original circulated photocopies
1 9-10 Typescript notes
1 11 Letter from Charles Harrison to Michael Corris
1 12 Bibliography
1 13 Unpublished notes
Contains Notes on Phil Sci; Notes on Teaching Programs..., Doxographical: A Study of Doctrines or Opinions, and Diana Crane: Invisible Colleges.
1 14-15 "Comparative Models II," 1971-1972
Includes copy of Artforum, 1972, and photocopies of additional text and installation plan drawing.
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1-3, 13, 20 Annotations, indexing, and philosophy of language, Index of 003 Bxal, and Blurting in A&L: An Index of Blurts, 1971-1974
Also in flatfile 1**.
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1 16-17 T-Matrix, 1971
By Michael Corris. Contains two copies of original circulated photocopy and two copies of notational key for T-Matrix II.
1 18 "Language and Art-Language," 1972
Original circulated photocopy by Ian Burn and Mel Ramsden.
1 19 Notes on Teaching and Learning, 1972
1 20 Notes on Mapping. Transformational matrix and notational systems, 1972
Contains typescript, autograph manuscript and original circulated photocopy
1 21-22 "Problems Relating to the Organization and Formulation of a Model for a Generative System of Art," 1972
By Michael Corris. Contains one typescript and one original circulated photocopy.
1 23 Notes on Russell, Principles of Mathematics, Carnap, Ferge and others, 1972
Unpublished notes are by Michael Corris.
1 24-25 Notes on Invisible Colleges, 1972
1 26 "Art as Heuristic," 1972
Typescript is by Michael Corris.
1 27 Notes on Philosophy of Science, 1972
1 28 Notes on Style and Methodology, 1972
Unpublished notes are by Mel Ramsden.
1 29 Bibliographies of philosophy, philosophy of science and models, 1972
1 30-32 Index 003 Bxal, 1973
By Terry Atkinson, Michael Baldwin, and Philip Pilkington. Includes original circulated photocopy, photographs, and forms for the index. Photographs are by Walter Russell with credit to John Weber Gallery. Photographs are of "Index III."
1 33 Letter from Robert Cohen to Michael Corris, 1973
1 34 Research notes on Philosophy of Science, 1973
1 35 A Network Diagram as of Week III, 1973
Original circulated photocopy by Michael Corris.
1 36 Notes on Indexing/Information Retrieval, 1973
Unpublished notes by Michael Corris.
1 37 Blurting in Art & Language index cards, 1973
Index cards with subject headings and cross references. Annotated by Michael Corris.
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2 1 Handbook, 1973
Entries by Michael Corris. Annotations for Handbook that is, Blurting in Art & Language, New York: Art & Language Press and Nova Scotia College of Art & Design Press.
2 2 Notes on Information Retrieval, Semantics and Pragmatics of Natural Language, 1973
2 3 Notes on Annotations, 1973
2 4 "Problems of Art and Language Space," 1973
Original circulated photocopy by Ian Burn.
2 5 Notes on Blurting in Art & Language, 1973
2 6 First transcript, 1973 Sep 8
2 7-9 Transcript, 1973 Sep 14
With corrections by Ian Burn. Contains typescript and original circulated photocopy.
2 10 "Assertoric Relationships," 1973
Original circulating photocopy by T. Smith.
2 11 Third transcript, 1973 Nov 6
2 12 Handbook I, excerpts from the introduction, 1973
2 13 Ideal Index, 1973
Typescript and diagram by Michael Corris.
2 14 Handbook index, 1973
Manuscript by Michael Corris.
2 15 Introduction to Handbook, 1973
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13 1 Audio Arts Magazine (C1), 1973
Contains one Audio Arts Magazine cassette tape, volume one. A tape of discussion by Art & Language.
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2 16 Su Braden, "Art Speaks," 1973
Clipping from Time Out.
2 17 Art-Language, flyer, 1973
Listing of contents from Art-Language journal, volume one, 1969.
2 18 Blurting in Art & Language, flyer, 1973
Box
2, 20 Map of Annotations, 1974
By Michael Corris.
Also in flatfile 1**.
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2 19 Drawing
2 20 Notes
20 1 Color slide
Flatfile
1** Poster and original artwork
1** A term-by-term matrix of the Handbook, 1974
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2 21 "Research notes on models," 1974
Manuscript by Michael Corris.
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3 1 Transcript, 1974
Original circulated photocopy by Ian Burn, Michael Corris, and Mel Ramsden.
Box
3-4, 20 Materials relating to the concept of "mapping" discourse, the Workbook project, and the Galleria Schema Index project, 1973-1976, undated
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3 2 Notes on Pathways, 1973
3 3 Pathways, 1973
3 4 Letter from Giancarlo Politi to Ian Burn, 1973
The letter invites Ian Burn to participate in an exhibition coordinated by Flash Art.
3 5-6 Transcript, 1973 Dec 18
Contains one manuscript copy and one typescript copy. The transcript details the question of the content of the handout for Galleria Schema. The typescript copy has annotations by Michael Corris.
3 7-8 Flash Art text, 1974
Contains typescript and lithographic print by Michael Corris, Preston Heller, Andrew Menard. Annotations on typescript by Michael Corris and Ian Burn.
3 9-11 Notes on Pathways/"Going-on" in Art & Language New York, 1974
Contains drafts one to three.
3 12 Photographs Art & Language New York, Galleria Schema of installation view, undated
3 13 Notes for Schema, 1974
3 14 Worksheets for Constructing Pathways Through Blurts, 1974
3 15 170 text entries for Handbook, 1974
3 16 Introduction to Workbook, 1974
3 17 Index terms for Handbook, 1973
Blurting in Art & Language, a Handbook.
3 18 Notes on Mathematical Logic, Axiomatic Set Theory, Anti-Proceedings, and Display as Pragmatic Index, 1974
3 19 Notes Relating to Pathways and the Mechanics of the Workbook, 1974
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3, 20 Display as Pragmatic Index, 1974
Includes one original circulated color photocopy.
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3 20-22 Model and plan
Includes plan and one original circulated color photocopy of model.
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20 2 Color slide
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3 23-24 Anti-Proceedings, 1974
Includes drawing and typescript of display text with annotations in blue pencil.
3 25 "Constituting a Pathway for a User," 1974
3 26 "Constituting a Pathway for Art & Language," 1974
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20 3 Display as Pragmatic Index, scale model, 1974
3 27 "On Pathways," 1974
3 28 Notes on Display as Pragmatic Index, 1974
3 29-37 Workbook, 1974
Includes entries, introduction drafts, list of permissible choices, worksheets, and schema. Some works have annotations by Michael Corris or Mel Ramsden.
3 38 512 Blurts for Workbook, 1974
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4 1-3 Notes on Pathways and Permutations, 1974
Includes notes and notes on reference points.
4 4 List of Art & Language New York projects related to Annotations, Handbook, Pathways and Workbook, 1974
4 5 Notes on Pathway Architecture, 1974
4 6-10 Workbook, 1974-1975
Includes plan, draft of preface, a unique copy of Workbook, French translation, and checklist for translation.
4 11 Letter from Ghuslain Mollet-Vieville to Michael Corris and Andrew Menard, 1976
4 12-13 Correspondence, 1976
Letters between Michael Corris and Terry Atkinson.
4 14 Checklist of equipment and visual materials for a proposed exhibition, 1976
Unrealized exhibition of Workbook at Gallerie Eric Fabre, Paris.
Box
4, 13 Unpublished internal documents commenting on the group's practices, 1973-1976
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4 15 "Systematics, Paradigms and Art Education," 1973
4 16-17 Transcript, 1973 Dec 9
By Atkinson, Baldwin, Corris, Heller, and Menard. A discussion of elitism in the practice of Art & Language.
4 18-19 Transcript, 1973 Dec 11
With revisions by Michael Corris and Andrew Menard.
4 20-21 "1.0 Respectability breeds contempt," 1973
With annotations on one copy by Ian Burn and on one copy by Michael Corris.
4 22 Political Modalities, 1973
4 23 Letter from Terry Atkinson to Ian Burden and Mel Ramsden, 1974
4 24 Transcript of conversation between Ian Burn, Mel Ramsden and others, 1975
4 25-26 "Strategy is political: Dear Michael...," 1975
Includes original circulated photocopy and typescript with comments.
4 27 "Draft for Form of Organization," 1976
By Nigel Lendon.
4 28 "Déclaration sur la structure d'organisation du collectif (provisional) Art & Language," 1976
4 29 "Phase II: The provisions," "Third Phase: Introduction," 1976
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4, 13 (Provisional) Art & Language discussions, 1976
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4 30 Transcripts of discussions
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13 2-7 Audio tapes of discussion (C2-C7)
Contains six audio cassette tapes.
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4 31 Letter from Ian Burn (Art & Language New York) to Art & Language (UK), 1976
Box
4, 20 Underdevelopment and cultural imperialism, 1974-1976
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4 32 "To the Commission of Homage to Salvadore Allende," 1974
Box
4, 20 "Frontiers in Underdevelopment," 1974-1975
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4 33-34 Draft and original circulated photocopy
4 35 Letter from Elizabeth Hess to Michael Corris, 1975
Letter is concerning payment (kill fee) for text "Frontiers in Underdevelopment," submitted for publication in journal Seven Days.
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20 4 Color slide
4 36 Study for cartoon, 1976
Cartoon is in the style of James Gilray, Le boot, or the false face of bourgeois nationalism. Produced on the occasion of Art & Language seminars at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax.
4 37-39 Maryland Institute College of Art lecture, "Some Non-Visual Aspects of Art," 1975
4 37 "Some Possibilities for Learning/Some Possible Points of Reference"
4 38 Press clipping
Contains article from the Baltimore Sun.
4 39 Student newsletter
Announcement for Art & Language lecture.
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4-5, 19* The Fox, 1974-1976
Also in flatfile 2**.
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4 40 Issue of The Fox, 1975
Issue number one, volume one. Signed by the editors: Mel Ramsden, Joseph Kosuth, Sarah Charlesworth, Andrew Menard, Preston Heller and Michael Corris.
Flatfile
2** Posters, 1975-1976
Posters for issues one through three.
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5 1 Unpublished texts, 1974
Unpublished texts by Victor Burgin, Thierry Kuntzel, Trevor Pateman, Bernar Venet, Paul Wood and David Rushton.
5 2 Layout of proposed cover design, 1974
5 3 Letter from Joseph Kosuth to Michael Corris, 1975
5 4 Draft for article, 1975
Article is by Michael Corris.
5 5 "New York, New York," 1975
5 6 "Soho Is Your World, Welcome to It," 1975
Unpublished typescript with annotations by Jill Breakstone.
5 7 "From the Belly of the Behemoth," 1975
5 8-13 "Yet Another Palace Revolt in the Banana Republic?" 1975
Includes drafts one to four, original circulated photocopy, and manuscript regarding editing of typescript.
5 14 Letter from Jerry Kearns to Michael Corris, 1975
Letter expresses interest in The Fox, and with an invitation to the University of Massachusetts.
5 15 Text for poster for issue number two, 1975
5 16 Michael Corris, "A Review of Ian Wilson's Discussion at John Weber Gallery," 1975
Published in issue number two.
5 17 Trevor Pateman, review of The Fox, 1975
Review for Radical philosophy. Other Trevor Pateman work is also included.
5 18 Mona da Vinci, press clipping, 1975
Article for Soho Weekly News.
5 19 Trevor Pateman, "On Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot," 1975
5 20 Annette Kuhn, photocopy of press clipping, 1975
Article for The Village Voice.
5 21 Copy of advertisement for issue number three, 1976
5 22 Text for poster for issue number three, 1976
5 23 "The Lumpen-Headache," 1976
Print of Art & Language key to Dramatis Personae for issue number three.
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5, 19* Illustrations for The Fox, 1975-1976
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5 24-27 Photographs and other materials
Includes: General Studies meeting flyer, gallery announcement card, typeset copy, photographs, and original NEA press release.
Box
19* Oversize materials
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5 28-31 Australia project, 1975-1976
Also in flatfile 3**.
5 28 RCA global telegram, 1975
Telegram is addressed to Terry Smith. Pages are stamped with the Art & Language Foundation, Inc. corporate seal.
5 29 Text for Australian cable, 1975
By Michael Corris.
Flatfile
3** Posters, 1975
Posters for the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.
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5 30 Open letter to Art & Language New York, 1975
Letter is by Mel Ramsden with annotations by Corris and Menard.
5 31 Press clipping, 1975
Article is by Annette Kuhn from The Village Voice.
Flatfile
3** Poster, 1976
Poster for Cur, Piggy, Perfect, at the Auckland City Art Gallery.
Box
6, 20 Yugoslavia project, 1975-1976
Also in flatfiles 3**-6**.
Flatfile
3** "Jet Lag/Culture Crash," 1975
Poster exhibited in Jet Lag exhibition at Turn Travel and exhibited in The Artist Out of Work exhibition at PS1.
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6 1 Art & Language seminar announcement, 1975
Seminar took place at Student Cultural Center, Belgrade.
6 2-4 Letters from Jasna Tijardovic and Zoran Popovic to Michael Corris, 1975
Letters are regarding Michael Corris's activities in Belgrade.
6 5 Letter from Michael Corris and Andrew Menard to Csaba Polanyi, 1975
6 6 Text for The Organisation of Culture Under Socialism, 1975
6 7 Transcript of conversation at the Student Cultural Center, Belgrade, 1975
Flatfile
4** Art & Language discussions at Student Cultural Center, Belgrade poster, 1975
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6 8 Issue of Student, 1975
Contains article on Art & Language/ The Fox and seminars at Student Cultural Center, Belgrade.
Flatfile
5**-6** The Organisation of Culture Under Self-Management Socialism, 1976
Prints from exhibition at John Weber Gallery and Smith College Art Gallery.
Box
6, 20 Installation photography for The Organisation of Culture Under Self-Management Socialism, 1976
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6 9 Contact print sheet
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20 5 Black and white negatives
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6 10 Smith College Bulletin, 1976
Box
6, 20 Photography for The Organisation of Culture Under Self-Management Socialism, 1975-1976
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6 11 Photographs
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20 6 Black and white negatives
6 12 Research materials on Yugoslavia, 1975-1976
6 13 Research materials for The Organisation of Culture Under Workers' Self-Management, 1975
Materials contain information on maps, official seals and flags of Yugoslav Federated Republic.
6 14 Photography for The Organisation of Culture Under Self-Management Socialism, 1975-1976
Flatfile
7** Works by Yugoslavian artists relevant to cultural milieu of Belgrade, 1971-1975
7** Popovic, Zoran, 1971-1975
Contains two lithographic prints: Axioms, Za Samoupravnu Umentnost.
7** Todosijevic, Rasa, 1975
Contains two lithographic prints: Who Makes a Profit on Art, and Who Gains From it Honestly, Notes on Method.
Box
6-7, 13, 20 Washington project, 1975-1976
Also in flatfiles 2**, 8** and rolls 1**-3**.
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6 15 "Government and the Arts," 1975
Photographic print for National Endowment for the Arts broadside.
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6, 20 The Organisation of Culture Under Monopoly Capitalism, 1975-1976
Also in rolls 1**-2**.
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6 16-19 Project materials, 1975-1976
Includes research materials, installation photography and French translation of text.
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20 7 Black and white negatives, 1976
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1**-2** Oversize, 1976
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6 20 Paris-Rive Gauche exhibition program, 1976
6 21 Beatrice Parent, Art & Language review, 1976
Photocopy of article, Art & Language at Gallerie Eric Fabre.
6 The Organisation of Culture Under Monopoly Capitalism, 1975-1976
Also in flatfile 8** and roll 3**.
6 22 Photographs
Flatfile
8** Posters
Roll
3** Oversize
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7 1 Press clipping, 1976
Clipping is from the New York Times.
7 2-6 Washington display, 1976
Includes: text, drafts of text, bibliography and reference materials.
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7, 13 "How do you feel about the 'Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act'?" 1975-1976
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7 7-9 Videotape transcripts, 1976
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13 8 Videotape (V1), 1975-1976
Contains one U-matic videocassette.
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7 10 Washington display, 1976
Contains typescript and original circulated photocopy of poster text.
7 11 Letter from Michael Corris to Jan Debbaut, 1975
7 12 Letter from Andrew Menard to Jan Debbaut, 1976
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7, 20 Art & Language and The Fox: seminars at University of Massachusetts and Smith College, 1976
Also in flatfile 2**.
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7 13 Materials for production
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20 8 Black and white negatives
Flatfile
2** Screen print poster
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7 14-17 Press clippings, 1976
Includes clippings from the University of Massachusetts student newspaper and the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
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20 9 "The Arts are a Growth Industry," 1976
Polaroids of I and II.
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7 18-22 Art and social practice, Studio International, 1976
7 18 Letter from Andrew Menard to Trevor Pateman
7 19-20 "Exploded Manifesto"
By Jill Breakstone, Michael Corris, Andrew Menard, and Preston Heller. Contains drafts one and two.
7 21 "Now About This Storefront"
7 22 Letter from Martin Newcastle to The Fox
7 23 Venice Biennale, 1976
Contains letter from Olle Granath to Michael Corris.
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7, 14 Art & Language New York and (Provisional) Art & Language, 1974-1977, undated
Also in flatfiles 9**-11**.
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7 24 Art & Language Press envelope, undated
Flatfile
9** "The Scrap Heap of Modernism," 1974-1976
Contains a photographic print and a photo collage.
Flatfile
10** Museum of Modern Art poster, 1975
Art & Language at MOMA.
Box
7 "Listen," 1975
Also in flatfile 11**.
7 25 Text
Text for "Listen" was exhibited at John Weber Gallery.
Flatfile
11** Print
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7 26 "What Walter Benjamin Missed: Media as history," 1975
7 27 "Questionnaire" for Red Faces, 1975-1976
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14 1-2 Music-Language (D1-D2), 1976-1977
Contains two long-playing records. One is a 1977 reissue of the 1976 release.
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7 28-29 "Pamphletese," 1976
7 30 Letter from Alberto Moretti to Michael Corris, 1976
7 31-32 Letters from Ghislain Mollet-Vieville to Michael Corris, 1976


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