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For the Do it Yourself (DIY) project I decided to do a cut-up of Niccolo Machiavelli’s “The Prince.” I chose “The Prince,” because as an individual and a student, the text has always spoken to me in different ways. What is most remarkable about the text, is that after so many centuries the book’s messages are still applicable and relevant to this day. When thinking over what I wanted to do for this project I considered many different methods I could utilize to remix my favorite text. Initially, I was drawn to Mark Danielewski’s, “House of Leaves” and wanted to replicate his methods into the text I had selected. However, when thinking about the different methods and novels we read and encountered, I was drawn morso towards the Daddist cut-up method. After reading “Tree of Codes,” by Jonathan Safran Foer my ideas of what was considered a text completely changed. Although I have read many books, I have never encountered a text such as his. It was inspiring to see that someone went beyond what is considered the norm and created something new out of something old. As one who does not like to conform myself, I felt that Foer’s text was something I would like to replicate. With this in mind, I went all out and broke all the rules. I believe this is what made the project most enjoyable; being able to go outside the box and do as I pleased. I began with the table of contents. I decided to take this page out altogether. I felt that because this text was no longer an original, but a cut-up and intended for the reader’s pleasure, a table of contents was no longer necessary. I think this enables the reader to fully explore and experiment with the text without being bound to the traditional way of reading. By doing this, the reader is put in control and ultimately the author of the text in the sense that whichever way the text is read, it takes new meaning. Also, by removing the table of contents it gives way for the reader to find new ways for them to read the text. I think this enhances the reader’s experience in that they are learning new things about themselves as an individual and a reader. Subsequently, I cut out the original author’s name from the cover and throughout the text. The reason for this is because I felt that the this text no longer belongs to one author. Now that it has been cut-up and manipulated it is no longer what it once was: the author’s original work. Because it is no longer what the author had originally created, I felt his name was not necessary to include. Although his original work is the foundation for what has now been created, it no longer belongs to him, but to the creator and the more importantly, the reader. By cutting out his name, I believe this gives only more legitimacy to the reader as an authority figure in the relationship between author and audience. All in all I really enjoyed the DIY project. Cutting up “The Prince.” was something I would have never thought about doing. It was fun project and although it took a very long time, I would do it all over again. The book was originally intended to be a “playbook” for rulers or for those in power. However, by cutting up the text, I believe I have now created a “playbook” for artist to take inspiration from as I did.

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