PRINT February 1988


Ingrid Sischy

This is a thank-you note.

First to you, the reader. I want to say something about what the reader can mean to an editor or writer. And the best way I know how to express this is to write from my own experience. A little over eight years ago I wrote my first letter to the reader of Artforum. I wrote it sitting up in bed at around three in the morning. I had been trying since about seven o’clock the night before but the desire to write something brilliant and worthy of Artforum and the people who had given me the privilege of this job, just froze me. I ate, I smoked, I blamed the cats, the noise of the tenants coming in the front door of the building which could be heard if you were looking hard enough for something to irritate you. The time went wherever time goes when we sabotage ourselves with the weight of that blank piece of paper. Sleepiness came in from its corner of the boxing ring

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