This recording was made in a St. Paul basement with a washing machine for background. Consequently there are sound effects here that could not be improved upon. As the author explains, “As for the washing machine, it is ambient industrial backbeat, the heartbeat of the nation, the pulse of modern language itself, the carrier of water in a box, hewer of wood in a wire, the robot slave lurking in the background, &c &c.” For other installments of this novel, visit


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