"Magic is the transformation of the Self as a void in the duration of what remains." This new book by Rüdiger Schöttle ignites a flame on the kitchen stove with short, concise conceptualizations. The kitchen serves these aphorisms as a metaphor and a space for Schöttle's reflections on temporality, perception, and the link between subject and object. The book is complemented by 12 color drawings by Rodney Graham. He assumes the role of the "pipe cleaner artist" - a fictional character from the 1960s who explores the expressive qualities of pipe cleaners.