I am especially happy to post today this clip from Marcel Benabou’s interview. He is Oulipo’s provisional in perpetuity and in perpetuity provisional secretary and he was the first of the Oulipian writers to be so kind as to answer my questions. I am utterly grateful for that!
Marcel Benabou gives here important insights into his writing process. He explains what materiality of the text means to him and he describes his work with words. He actually handles words as objects, turning them in all directions, and simultaneously plays with the meaning of words and of the letters that form them.
The examples he gives here are all taken from Why I Have Not Written Any of My Books, a title that is already extremely funny but that also forces the reader to reflect on what it is to write a text.
Editing this interview was for me a formidable occasion for playing with the alphabets signs to illustrate Marcel’s own playing with words.
Many thanks to Prof. Timothy Mathews for his English version of Marcel Benabou’s interview