George Stolz Do you remember why you started organizing your library this way?

Vito Acconci Probably because I was obsessed with the Whole Earth Catalog. But even before that I loved Roget’s Thesaurus. Those were the most important books of my life because they were books that weren’t just books – they were books of everything. They were a way to access the world, a way to access thinking about the world. The Whole Earth Catalog at that time to some of us … we just craved for the next issue to come out. It was a phenomenal thing, even the sub-title: ‘Access to Tools.’ You felt like, wow, okay, take the world into your hands. That’s why I did work using my own person. It was about instrumentality of person.