metalepsis involves reversed predication to show how sites of exception are sexuated beyond the usual binary signifiers

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The metalepsis project is the latest embodiment of a 15-year study of the boundary, screen, and frame in landscape, architecture, the arts, and literature. The collection of position papers, and chapter-length essays covers a range of topics and methodologies, assembled for projects at hand and prone to error, misconception, and blindspots. Eventually the experimental liability of this collection was bundled and retailed under the heading of "architecture theory for idiots," in hopes that the caveat would encourage a re-investment in the unexpected benefits of aleatory procedures without raising expectations for accuracy or authority. Certainly, the difficulty of assimilating Lacan's theories has forced adaptation of this apologetic position, for there is no alternative to the traditional practice of "learning through mistakes." The reader is thus advised to do likewise and avoid the confidence of citation, relying instead on his/her own parallel effort in risk-taking. This advice has the slender support of two of Jorge Luis Borges' short stories, "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," and "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" — both about the fabrication of false texts. If, through an idiotic procedure one happens to arrive at exactly the same conclusion as someone who, with adequate learning and careful procedures, has arrived at independently, then it is the findings of the idiot that should be considered more valuable, since the chance of success was in the idiot's case so low. In other cases, the Italian adage will do: Si non é vero, é ben trovato.