What is Oulipo? Here's a neat, all purpose definition from Oulipo founder, poet Jacques Roubaud.
In the latest issue of the White Review, which is launching tonight.I've attempted to exhaust George Perec's essay, "An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris", in which the writer sat down for three consecutive days in the Place Saint Sulpice, Paris, trying to record everything that he observed.
The first step in building the Oulipian labyrinth as a visual is surely to create a key that is, if possible, more complicated than the words it represents. After all Walter Benjamin (not an Oulipian, but similar hair) once said
If you can't come to celebrate the launch of the magazine tonight, you can buy The White Review 3 (with my work on a fold-out poster) here.