"In the '20s the Surrealists proclaimed that words had stopped playing around and begun to make love. Noewhere is this more apparent than in the writings of Marcel Duchamp, who fashioned some of the most joyous and ingenious couplings and uncouplins in modern art. This collection brings together two essential interviews and two statements about his art that underscore the serious side of Duchamp. But most of the book is made up of his experimental writings, which he called 'Texticles,' the long and extraordinary notes he wrote for The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (also known at the Large Glass), and the outrageous puns and alter-ego he constructed for his female self, Rrose Sélavy ('Eros, c'est la vie' or 'arroser la vie' - drink it up, celebrate life). Wacky, perverse, deliberately frustrating, these entertaining notes are basic for understanding one of the 20th century's most provocative artists, a figure whose influence on the contemporary scene has never been stronger." -- from back wrapper. Edited by Michel Sanouillet and Elmer Peterson. Includes a literary chronology and bibliography. Printed in black-and-white.