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Burning a million quid

Money is a perfect example of something that doesn’t exist, but acts like it does
Money is also designed to move. It does not matter to what ends the movement of money is used, for there is no inherent morality to the system. The only important factor is that the money keeps sloshing around, being used and reused. From the point of view of the money system there is only one perversion, which is to permanently remove money from circulation.

“I was only able to articulate it to myself afterwards with hindsight. They thought we were using our money to make a statement about art, and really what we were doing was using our art to make a statement about money.”
The burning of the million quid should not be seen from the perspective of art. It was never about art. It was much more than that, and much more obvious. It was about the destruction of money. It was about the idea that money could be defeated.

From KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money by JMR Higgs.

My 2019 in books…

13,511 pages across 41 books

I read better than the average for dyslexic folks.[1] It's still a lot of work. Having an e-reader helps. I can adjust the font size and the line spacing to something comfortable. Oddly, comfortable varies by book and the style of the writing. Occasionally I'll run into a book that no amount of adjustment will help. I can't process it. No matter how much I'd like to read it (Hi Infinte Jest).

For 2019, I set a goal of 30 books. And I blew past it with 41!

Some of those were graphic novels. They count but a little less so.

Still… It's the most books I've ever read in a single year. By far.

It was fun. It was also exhausting. By the end of the year I felt a little burnt out. Somewhere just north of 40 may be a hard limit. Or maybe pushing up against that wall will eventually expand it?

Either way, I'm not going to push as hard in 2020. Even if I could read 60 books a year, I'll never be able to read everything I'd like to. This year, I'm going to see what a natural pace feels like.

See all the books I read in 2019…


  1. This makes intuitive sense to me but who knows? — Brain Scans Show Dyslexics Read Better with Alternative Strategies ↩︎