‘serpent curling’ is the first pair from a word game played out between Chris Bond and Lynette Smith. Now also the name of the place where we publish the verbal and visual curlings of our collaboration.

Lynette I think we allow things to accumulate. But I also want to go back and revise history (this is the only place I can do it). Chris I feel like I’m often revising history to fit the present, with interpretive text especially–where what really needs to be said presents itself after an extended break; imaginative texts don’t seem to warrant that kind of adjustment. Lynette You are right. Chris I’m beginning to think that imaginative texts might also be useful in retrospect, they seem to be a good way of referring, rather than telling- like what the word pairs here do. Lynette Ah, that’s funny. I think the word pairs are broken–we broke the referring relation. And unimaginative, at least in the pairing. Not in the reading. Chris I hadn’t thought of it that way. Still, I can’t help seeing them as imaginative, in the process of pairing as much as reading, as they’re the result of invention and accident. Now seems a good time to state the conditions for the pairing. I asked you to select a book that happened to be the closest in proximity to your front door (by distance), opening it to page 100, if it had less than 100 pages, to page 10. If for some reason it didn’t have text on either of these pages, you’d need to select the next available text page. On the text page, read until you come across the first seven letter word (it will most likely be on that page, but if not, go to the next text page). Repeat this process for the second, third, etc book in proximity, to which I pair my own selections, in the same order.