PRINT September 2009

Diedrich Diederichsen

IN THE BEGINNING, God created heaven and earth. While the vaporetto chuffs and struggles its way through the lagoon, I pull out a copy of the New Yorker and soon find myself considering an excerpt from Robert Crumb’s new work, a comic-book version of the Bible. Here, at least, someone is concerned with the topic of world making. OK then: Eve looks like the woman Robert Crumb is always thinking about. Adam looks like an Argentinean soccer player from the ’70s. God the Father is the usual mixture of Moondog and Walt Whitman. But the creation of heaven and earth is an abstract, though artistic, act: God has to make a decision. It’s as George Spencer-Brown declared in Laws of Form, describing the beginning of any thought operation, any project: Draw a distinction. God and Crumb distinguish between white and black, light and darkness, and thus between day and night. Everything else happens of

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