"I love old books—novels, naturalist's books, sex books, books about animal husbandry and etiquette—I could go on and on. I love these books because they are printed elegantly, they are out of copyright, so I can reinvent them without facing charges, and because they are often astoundingly reprehensible or amazingly progressive (we may have amassed a lot of technology in the last 150 years, but human thinking hasn't changed that much). I've erased things many different ways—the most straightforward being white-out, the most complicated being reprinting pages from a 100-year-old book on rice paper and suspending the rice paper pages in beeswax, and then carefully etching out the words that I wanted visible"
in an interview here. More, please.