Tag Archives: Andre Breton

just a clean cut kid

….Crimes and punishment? ┬áThe Samer Issawi saga. Unrepentant, defiant, a blood-lust for the infidel and an inferno of anger he seems willing to go down for the sake of martyrdom. In our digital age where the reproduction of “news” is … Continue reading

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hessel: stuck down gideon’s well

Peculiar man this Stephane Hessel. The man of no fixed address in the spiritual sphere, floating vaguely between strains of Jewish thought and Christianity who grounded himself by welding his soul onto onto the deck of likely the ship of … Continue reading

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the breathless historical present

Andre Malraux sought the key to man’s fate by a philosophical study of all the world’s art in his Metamorphosis of the Gods… …Writing almost continuously in the breathless, historical present, Malraux began by reporting a fact: the discovery during … Continue reading

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somebody’s baby

The Surrealist movement was founded in Paris by a small group of writers and artists who sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. Disdaining rationalism and literary realism, and extensively influenced by … Continue reading

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the well masked person: avoiding nature’s product

Face to face. Not satisfied with nature’s product? Unsympathetic to your reflection in the mirror? Looking for more than artistry or resemblance? How about a mask? A holy picture of your inner self, to better align that precise, albeit mistaken … Continue reading

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shelter of a “false face”

In our own puerile way we sometimes take sanctuary behind impenetrable eyeglasses. For years, old and young have been wearing dark spectacles at all waking hours and in the gloomiest of places. And there are always men who rediscover another … Continue reading

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deep philosophy or conceptual quip?

The greatest philosopher in modern art? Or did the art world make him, artificially construct him into a “readymade” himself, the philosopher who would trash tradition and under the pretext of modernism and the new, engage in the kind of … Continue reading

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leon trotsky: hipster

Member of the rat pack. The poster is almost ninety years old and does evoke a Trotsky as a sort of hipster of the digital age; rappy, street savvy, beat box man who bears a smattering of resemblance to Sammy … Continue reading

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a marxist built for 2

Trotsky in love. Whatever his initial motivations, Bronstein’s revolutionary career began under appropriately romantic auspices. He was introduced by school friends into a radical discussion group conducted by a self-educated Czech gardener named Franz Shvigovsky. Though the group’s subversive activities … Continue reading

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medieval freedom: bypassing divine ordinance

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The old wild men were more uncanny and unpredictable than they were given credit for. The old order was not that orderly after all. There is no such thing as … Continue reading

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