No. 84: Philip Whalen.  He had always kept notebooks.  He drew in them and copied out the passages he liked from his reading.  It was while browsing through Ron Padgett's How to Be Perfect (Coffee House Press, 2007), that he found this: "When asked what he wanted done with his body after his death Philip Whalen (1923-2002) said, 'Have them lay me out on a bed of frozen raspberries'."  He found this so winning, so poetically irreverent, so disturbingly charming, that he decided to paint huge text pieces--like handwritten billboards.  The Philip Whalen comment was the first one.

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