Armenian riddle

What’s green and hangs in the drawing room?

– A green herring

Why in the drawing room?

– because it was possible to hang it there

Why green?

– it was painted to make it harder to guess

Roman Jakobson, Prague, 1920

Roman Jakobson, Prague, 1920

Roman Jakobson, ‘On Realism’, in Language in Literature, (Ed. Krystyna Pomorska and Stephen Rudy), Cambridge, Mass.:Harvard University Press, 1987, pp.19-27,


About anti

Anthony Iles is currently a doctoral candidate at the School of Art & Design, Middlesex University. A founder member of the Full Unemployment Cinema. A contributing editor with Mute / Metamute since 2005. He is the author, with Josephine Berry-Slater, of the book, No Room to Move: Art and the Regenerate City (Mute Books, London 2011), contributing editor to the recent publications, Anguish Language: writing and crisis (Archive Books, Berlin, 2015), and Look at Hazards, Look at Losses (Mute/Kuda, 2017) and a contributor to Brave New Work: A Reader on Harun Farocki’s Film A New Product. Recent essays have been published in Mute, Radical Philosophy, Rab-Rab: Journal for Political and Formal Inquiries in Art and Logos.
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