On The Guardian Of The Surreal

16-19th century waffle irons, from the collection of Andre Breton, image: calmelscohen.com
16-19th c. waffle irons, from the collection of Andre Breton

"'Monsieur, you are a traitor, a traitor to France, and a philistine!' The last word was spat out in a venomous ball of phlegm. Then, without so much as an 'en garde', I felt the stab of a cigarette holder in my stomach. Never, ever pick a fight with a surrealist." When that advice comes from someone named Fiachra Gibbons, one does well to follow it. Gibbons attended the hi-larious-but-melancholy dissolution-by-auction of Surrealist artist AndrČ Breton. And he shows that Americans still have a lot to learn from cranky old Frenchmen ("Your money for the stinking corpse of a poet that you didn't dare become!") about hating Jacques Chirac.

Then there's this Google-confounding quote from a Danny Leigh interview: "Schumacher: Kubrick, Von Trier and the late Russian visionary Andrei Tarkovsky." Looks like surrealism is alive and well and cruising Colin Farrell.

Since 2001 here at greg.org, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

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