If there’s one good thing about the 2020 presidential election—other than, of course, the glimmer of hope that Donald Trump may soon no longer be president—it’s that we’ve entered a new era in which Trump is no longer constantly raising the topic of Hillary Clinton‘s emails. And yet, suddenly, Clinton’s correspondences are back in the news. This time, though, it isn’t Trump we have to thank for that, but the controversial artist and poet Kenneth Goldsmith.
Back in March, Goldsmith announced that he would be participating in this year’s Venice Biennale, and that his contribution would be what he very generously described as “the greatest poem of the 21st century”—meaning all 30,000 of the emails Clinton sent from the “clintonemail.com” domain between 2009 and 2013. And, sure enough, that’s exactly what could be found inside Goldsmith’s exhibition when it opened in May, under the title “HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails.” (Here might be a good time to mention that Goldsmith is best known for inventing the concept of so-called “uncreative writing.”)
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