I collected discarded books from the curb-side for over a year. Some of the books were very old and some were relatively new, with publishing dates that spanned over a century. So, I arranged them chronologically (by date of publication) and bore through them to make an eight-foot long core-sample.
My plan was to cross-reference literature with the notion of a geological core sample by physically boring through a cross section of found books, as though the books themselves were the source of some kind of epistemological accretion. Boring holes through books is a conceptual gesture that challenges the book's proper function and repositions them as objects under investigation.