Partly inspired by the Greek surrealist Yorgos Makris’s 1944 manifesto, “Let’s Blow Up the Acropolis!,” Christos Chrissopoulos’s novella, The Parthenon Bomber, sets out to imagine just what might lead a young man to write himself into history by blowing up an ur-symbol of Western civilization.
The universe and the playwright
“I’m interested in subterranean culture that says ‘I will trick you’ to official culture, ‘I will play you.’”
Surrealism meets fantasy in The Last Days of New Paris, a recent novel by a British author of New Weird Fiction.
A cinepoem—introduced by Leonard Schwartz.
“She wasn’t loved, so she didn’t know how to give love.”
“Fiction can be this art object that doesn’t show us anything new about reality, but draws out everything fake.”
Silent film, Oulipian lyrics, and keeping it all together.
Masculinity, melodrama, and the Black Lodge.
Casanova, Dracula, and art in the age of digital filmmaking.
Pataphysics: A Useless Guide, a theological pseudoscience, defines hand gestures as providing access to the divine, and others as blasphemy.
Alyssa Kilzer speaks with Cole Rise, a photographer whose work achieves both surreal and cinematic qualities. They discuss his technique and process, travel, and his inspirations—including the challenging and maybe impossible question of why and how we are here and the size and existence of the universe.
La obra de César Aira es una máquina de invención perfecta: escribe sin deber y sin padres, como si por primera vez.
César Aira’s body of work is a perfect machine for invention—he writes without necessity or any apparent forebears, always as if for the first time.
Dada and Surrealism may have been centered in Paris, Berlin, and Zurich, but Dada, Pansaers et Correspondance (1917–1926), the first volume of an audio anthology of the avant-garde in 20th-century Belgium, documents contemporaneous creative activities.
Artist William Wegman has been an early music aficionado since he was a graduate student in the mid-‘60s. when he met George Steel, the Miller Theatre’s impresario who started the encyclopedic Composer Portrait Series, they had plenty to discuss.
The stories the Cuban writer and ethnographer Lydia Cabrera collected in the legendary Afro-Cuban Tales take place “back in the days when animals could speak, when they were all good friends and when men and animals got along fine.”
Recognition as a visual artist—or, as he prefers, “a maker of things”—came late to Stanley Greaves. Until 1994 he was little known outside Guyana, where he was born in 1934, and Barbados, where he moved to live in 1987.