Category Archives: surrealism

All Together Now: 鈥淪pill, Baby, Spill!鈥

This happens whenever I doze while listening to Morning Edition. I had this crazy dream. All those patriotic delegates at the Republican National Convention – the smiling mob who roared at Sarah Palin鈥檚 self-congratulation about pit bulls and lipstick 鈥 every one of them flew to Louisiana on their own dime. BP and the Chamber of Commerce didn鈥檛 pay a penny. And they were mucking around in the swamps with baggies and soda straws, prepared to siphon oil off sick birds. And Rudy Giuliani was cheering them on: 鈥淪pill, baby, spill.鈥 Continue reading

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Shed A Tear For The Subversion of Images鈥 and Hackneyed Colonialism

I admit it. When I compared Man Ray鈥檚 鈥淓mak-Bakia鈥 to Avatar the other day, I was listening to the crasser angels of search engine optimization. You know, the ones that tell you to forget everything you ever learned about writing clever magazine headlines. Just pack every Google ad word you can into the blog title. So I threw in Avatar and nothing happened.

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Was Man Ray鈥檚 鈥淓mak-Bakia鈥 the 鈥淎vatar鈥 of the 1920s?

When Man Ray鈥檚 short film 鈥淓mak-Bakia鈥 debuted in Paris in 1926, critical opinion was mixed. One angry viewer shouted that it gave him a headache and hurt his eyes, to which another retorted, 鈥淪hut up!鈥 A brawl ensued, which spread through the audience and spilled into the street. Then the police arrived to quell the riot. Continue reading

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Who Spied On Lee Miller?

Lots of people lined up to peek through the keyhole for a glimpse of Lee Miller, whose meteoric career arced from Vogue fashion model to Surrealist muse to intrepid war photographer. The voyeurs included Cond茅 Nast, Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, … Continue reading

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Flaneur’s Gallery: Parson Weems’ Fable

Grant Wood. Parson Weems’ Fable. 1939. Amon Carter Museum, Forth Worth. When I was five years old, before I learned to read, I laid claim to a book in the family library called Pictorial History of American Presidents. It covered … Continue reading

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