Fish Neck is the New Fork Lint by C. Mehrl Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA) (+ a D-Klassic)

CMB - 2.27.2015 - 1

Mail-art by IUOMA member C. Mehrl Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

February 27, 2015 - Somewhere along the meandering and dusty trail between Infinity and Columbus, John M. Bennett coined the term “fork lint,” which captured the fancy of trashpoets and DKulters especially. At best, “fork lint” is an authentic, floating, indeterminate signifier. Attaching itself to Trashpo, “fork lint” birthed Lintpo and related concepts and projects. For instance, circa 2011 Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA) mailed John M. Bennett a bag of lint. This was possibly the height of the Lintpo phenom, although I am not sure:

fork lint 2.271

My brief investigation also revealed the video of a Fork Lint performance piece of more recent origin:

Regardless of the history, C. Mehrl Bennett – it so great to receive mail from her – has informed me, and now you that “fork lint” has been usurped by “fish neck.” Of course I am (initially) perplexed. I am grateful for the news and confident we all will soon adapt to the “fish neck” reality. On the reverse side, C. Mehrl Bennett includes a tantalizingly open field that I can imagine filling with asemics and returning to her:

CMB - 2.27.2015 - 2

Many thanks to C. Mehrl Bennett. I am possibly out of the “fork lint” loop and have missed some valuable information that provides a more solid context. Updates are always appreciated to serve the common good. Otherwise it shall remain: “Onward and pass the fork lint.”

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 27, 2015 at 3:59pm

CMB posted some info about this on FB. Don't know if she'll pass by here. Some probably won't be able to make the link work. Allan Revich in Toronto (that's the capitol of France BTW DK) sent her a gorgeous lint box recently.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153169222977059&set=p...

I'm still glad it's over even while it's interesting to revisit. I associate it with that prosthetic doll finger I tried to use after KDJ sent me the jagged metal and broken glass.

Comment by DKULT on February 27, 2015 at 3:49pm

that was BEFORE we ever collaborated but possibly AFTER I sold his shopping list for mega bux on ebay. if i had accepted bitcoin no doubt the bidding would have gone higher. i DO have another list he sent me recently

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 27, 2015 at 3:25pm

"The truth is out there."

Comment by DKULT on February 27, 2015 at 3:14pm

i like Rebecca's little fur flower--The only perishable item I have ever received was Angie's American Cheese slice, but then since that isn't a real food product it is not perishable

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 27, 2015 at 3:11pm

Thanks, DK. Yes, a reminder of the era when people were mailing each other lint. Rebecca Guyver sent me this (disgusting) like, fur ball lint thing she made with glue maybe or is was dryer lint (left):

Rebecca - 2.10.2014 - 3

JMB did start it with the fork lint.

I'm glad it's over in the sense that I am allergic to lint & those mailing always caused coughing & sneezing.

Fish necks could be even more ominous. Mail pics. Don't mail real fish.

Comment by DKULT on February 27, 2015 at 2:54pm

nice stroll down florklint lane   I miss getting JB envelopes with that on it

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