Bartleby The Scrivner by Herman Melville

bartley as artifice.

bartleby as post-performance art, so performance art that he becomes art: art is useless: a useless human, no longer human, but an imitation of human: oscar wilde’s preface to picture of dorian gray.

humans are jealous of art, because they can never become art, the only way to become art is to die. thus suicide, thus post-humous, thus all the ways in which a person can be commodified after/through his/her death. 

ask dead david bowie.