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Ray Johnson / George Brecht Bill: If you want a little historical bulk in your rubberstamp diet, I have a Ray Johnson note dated 01.29.63 to George Brecht. REJ has written names for speakers, for George to fill in, & GB has stamped pictures or other signs (T; N; =) as the responses. George’s (characteristics) brilliance here has been to use rubberstamps, & then to use his fingerprint like a rubberstamp. His finger-paint as a rubberstamp constructs an overflow of meanings. The history of finger-paints as information, clues, etc., intersects a painting that Matisse seems to have signed with his fingerprint. Anyways I could provide copies for your book, if such a fork in the road isn’t a knife in your heart. Ray refers to Simone Forti as Simone Morris (temporarily married to Robert Morris). Dorothy Podber is the woman who shot the “shot Marilyns” of Andy Warhol. Norman Solomon could tell you about her.