A publication by Booklyn, Inc curated by Marshall Weber


Publication Date: 2015

Artwork Type: Editioned book

Edition Size: 10 with 1 AP

Medium: collage, letterpress, offset print, silkscreen, wood block, aquatint,  

photo, risographs, etching, handmade paper,  rubbing, hand painting

Dimensions: 14.0 in W x 20.5 in H

Binding Type:hand sewn

Publisher: Booklyn Imprint

text by Booklyn, Inc. 



•    Boston Athenaeum

•    Library of Congress (LOC)

•    Smith College Museum of Art

•    Colorado College

•    University of Colorado at Boulder   





Mark Cockram (artist) ; Johanna Jackson (artist) ; Bill Daniel (artist) ; Justin James Reed (artist) ; Wolfgang Buchta (artist) ; Christine Giard (artist) ; Celine Lombardi (artist) ; Gabrielle Fox (artist) ; Biruta Auna (artist) ; Ursula Mitra (artist) ; Tia Blassingame (artist) ; David Ferry (artist) ; Ruth Lingen (artist) ; Jonathan Romain (artist) ; David Sandlin (artist) ; Casey Tang (artist) ; Allyson Mellberg Taylor (artist) ; Jeremy Taylor (artist) ; Sonya Sheats (artist) ; Christine Giard (artist) ; Mark Cockram (artist) ; Celine Lombardi (artist) ; Biruta Auna (artist) ; Ursula Mitra (artist) ; Sonya Sheats (artist) ; Gabrielle Fox (artist) ; Coleen Curry (bookbinder) ; Coleen Curry (bookbinder) ; Kurt Allerslev (artist) ; FLY (artist)Ganzeer (artist) ; Veronika Schaepers (artist) ; Robbin Ami Silverberg (artist) ; Dana F. Smith (artist) ; Lmnopi (artist) ; Mike Taylor (artist) ; Seth Tobocman (artist) ; Timothy Ely (artist) ; Mark Wagner (artist) ; Marshall Weber (artist) ; Sam Winston (artist) ; Harriet Bart (artist) ; Candace Hicks (artist) ; Chris Johanson (artist) ; Maria Veronica San Martin (artist) ; Meredith Stern (artist) ; Cathy Adelman (bookbinder).


Booklyn, Inc. presents “Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted” in an edition of ten books featuring prints, drawings and photographs donated by Booklyn artists. The concept, page and book design were created by Booklyn’s directing curator, Marshall Weber. 


In the spirit of Dada, Fluxus and Situationist assembling projects, this publication follows the protocols of Booklyn’s 2013 “Streetopia” limited edition assembling book. (This is not to be confused with the 2015 Booklyn “Streetopia” trade book). Artists were asked to consider the title of the book and send ten pieces of artwork; a great creative blizzard of diverse approaches and media then descended upon Booklyn. We humbly thank all the incredibly generous artists and binders who made this project possible!


William S. Burroughs liked to paraphrase the Persian Isma'ili scholar and leader Hassan-i Sabbah who was said to have said "Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted.” While it is doubtful that the deeply religious missionary said exactly that, there are a range of secular and theological meanings one can apply to the self-evident statement. Thus the perfect title for an assembling book based on the practices of concrete poetry and collage.


The donated artwork has been collaged, rubbed upon, painted, and integrated into a dynamic codex form by Weber. The rubbings are from bronze plaques on the New York Public Library's “Library Walk,” on 41st Street. Excerpts of texts from the plaques are used to form a cohesive poetic narrative that floats through the book. 


Rare books curator (and Booklyn board member) Abby Schoolman has organized ten fine art binders to create innovative bindings that reflect the books' lush interiors, including: Biruta Auna, NYC; Uriel Cidor, NYC (5/10); Mark Cockram, London (1/10); Coleen Curry, Muir Beach; (8/10) Gabrielle Fox, Cincinnati (2/10); Celine Lombardi, NYC (3/10); Christine Giard, NYC (4/10); Ursula Mitra, NYC; and Sonya Sheats, Cambridge (MA).


The book is a fundraiser for Booklyn’s Artist Archive program, which helps late-career artists who have worked outside of the conventional art world with the distribution and preservation of their archives for public access.


Writers excerpted in the book include: Julia Alvarez, W.H. Auden, Jorge Luis Borges, Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Gu Cheng, Lucille Clifton, Albert Camus, Langston Hughes, H. P. Lovecraft, Jose Marti, Herman Melville, Joe Napora, Gertrude Stein, Dylan Thomas, and Virginia Woolf.