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Critical Analysis

by J. Drucker

Design Features

graphical: The rational force of the grid structure works in wicked counterpoint to the theme of exorcism.

Critical Analysis

by E. Rettberg

Design Features

graphical: Each page's grid of images, a set of fifty-six squares in varying shades of tan, simultaneously suggests the ordered consistency of the fact that each book has a thirteenth page and the relative chaos of their variety.

scultpural features: The book's own thirteenth page has been excised, with an empty square of air left in its place. Not only is this fact somewhat humorous, it also implies a continuation of the obsession--perhaps there is another thirteenth-page exorcist out there somewhere?

The Exorcism of Page Thirteen


Caryl Burtner

type: initiating


active: United States

Publication Information

edition type: editioned

publisher: Gates of Heck, Inc.

place: Richmond, VA

publication: 1993-00-00

edition size: 2,000


horizontal: 8 inches closed

vertical: 10 inches closed

depth: .15 inches closed

Production Information

production means:
offset (local)

binding: other stapled

bookBlock: paper glossy

ink (local)


format: codex (AAT)

cover: Black, glossy cover with flaps that fold in and provide room for publication and author information inside. The front cover has a small square cutout through which the page 13 square on the title page beneath can be seen.

color: yes


pagination: unpaginated 16 pages

numbered?: numbered

signed?: unsigned


Caryl began her Exorcism series in 1978, cutting the page number and some text from page 13 of every book in her library, placing these small squares into randomly selected groupings of 48 to a page. The text thus gathered forms fortuitous poems and coincidences of meaning.