From The Futurist Cookbook (1932), by F. T. Marinetti, translated by Suzanne Brill

A Passage from Luminous Airplanes, or Things As They Were: A Hyperromance


Cut a perfect cube of beef.

Pass an electric current through it, then marinate it for twenty-four hours in a mixture of rum, cognac and white vermouth.

Remove it from the mixture and serve on a bed of red pepper, black pepper and snow.

Each mouthful is to be chewed carefully for one minute, and each mouthful is divided from the next by vehement blasts on the trumpet blown by the eater himself.

Just for example.

Will you believe me if I tell you that this is another of the books in my small library, here in New Haven? Well, it is. I am trying not to look things up on the Internet for this Commentary. Believe it or not, reader, I am one of those people who’s still attached to books, and I like to get my information from the ones I have handy (and a few that I check out from time to time from the Bleak College library), even though it means I know far less than I could.

Which is, come to think of it, a kind of constraint.

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