Getting Inside Simon Morris' Head

Joe Hale

Getting Inside Simon Morris’ Head is a performative retyping of Simon Morris’ conceptual bookwork Getting Inside Jack Kerouac’s Head.

Like Morris’ original performance of re-typing the scroll edition of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Joe Hale’s project first appeared as a blog. At the rate of one page per day, Hale re-typed Morris’ entire book, re-retracing Kerouac’s famous adventure.

As each post presented one page, and the default settings of the blog platform organise the posts in reverse order, Morris gave us all of Kerouac’s pages in reverse order. Now inverted again, Hale has restored the direction of travel to the story and produced a wholly (un)original new text in the process. This first printed edition takes the imitative gesture to a new extreme.

It features an introductory essay by Kenneth Goldsmith and reuses Morris’ paratext. From the cover design to the paper choice, Hale tests the limits of conceptual extension.

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