Books: Dealer's Choice?

COMPOSITION #1 by Marc Saporta. Unpaged. Simon & Schuster. $3.95.

It comes in a box. "The reader," explain the instructions, "is requested to shuffle these pages like a pack of cards. The order the pages then assume will orient X's life." But who will orient the reader? For the pages are unnumbered, and X himself is never referred to except in the instructions. He does not speak. He is never described. He is an unmoved viewer of objective scenes into whose visions only the barest and rarest hints of emotion are allowed to creep—resignation at...

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