Untitled (Reaction to The Perfect Thought) altered book and matches 10 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 8in (26.7 x 4.5 x 20.3cm)
Note: In the essay The Archaic Smile of James Lee Byars Joachim Sartorius notes an occasion when Byars discovers The Perfect Thought by James Elliott in Joachim's apartment and begins a six hour re-editing of the book which included the use of scissors, a knife, hammer and nails, and a lit cigar. Byars "deemed the paper miserable, too light, without resonance; the format false; the typography wretched" (p.217). He performed similar ritual re-issues whenever he encountered the book.
Carl Haenlein, ed., James Lee Byars: The Epitaph of Con. Art is which Questions have disappeared?, Hannover, Kestner Gesellschaft, 1999