Five Limit Texts After Lance Olsen

Limit Texts, I would argue, pressure the architectural metaphor father. Perhaps a better term in this context would be Marcos Novack’s: liquid architecture—a nearly unimaginable architecture “without doors or hallways,” a nearly unnamable architecture that seeks extreme regions that feel like “spatialized music,” a continuously unfixed, flickering, mercurial sort “whose form is contingent on the interests of the beholder,” “a version of what it is becoming, a structure for what does not yet exist.”

Which is to say I’m developing the rules of a game that I am inviting you to play . . .

— “chapter twenty: reading list: 101 limit texts,” Architectures of Possibility, Lance Olsen

1. The Box Man by Kobo Abe

2. Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

3. The Lime Twig by John Hawkes

4. The Conversions by Harry Mathews

5. S/Z by Roland Barthes

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