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February 26, 1983



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John Thomas Allen I wasn't aware my introduction was online, so I can't speak to that. When I use the term "Logos of Surrealism" in the book I make a reference to the…moreI wasn't aware my introduction was online, so I can't speak to that. When I use the term "Logos of Surrealism" in the book I make a reference to the overarching occult ambience that Surrealism contains. It is difficult to describe without getting wishy washy, but it certainly is present: all surrealists--Charles Henri Ford, Andrew Joron, and here I would encourage any enthusiast of Surrealism to take a look at the scholarly work of Ferdinand Alquie in his "Philosophy of Surrealism" or Celia Rabinovitch's unfairly lauded study "Surrealism and the Sacred"--an Imaginal House that has a similar consistency when one gets down to it. A truth of imaginative freedom--something like Prometheus' truth.(less)
John Thomas Allen I would ask *you* why shade during a fatigued afternoon is unrated as yet, unclassified by drooling memes; how the volcanic ash diamond of Contra…moreI would ask *you* why shade during a fatigued afternoon is unrated as yet, unclassified by drooling memes; how the volcanic ash diamond of Contra Nintendo Bytes fire aspartame suns through the cracked, gigabyte smile of Zuckerberg, Jobs?(less)
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On August 13th, a surrealist anthology entitled "Nouveau's Midnight Sun" (edited by myself and Kathryn Rantala of Ravenna Press) will be released. It is available on Ravenna Press' website.

Some of the authors include John Olson, Lee Ballentine, David Lehman, John Yau, Marilyn Kallet, Allen Parmenter, Mark Statman, and a host of others.

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“Whatever the new movie about Apple founder Steve Jobs unearths, one thing is doubtless: we will switch our Apple computers right back on (maybe to talk about it, maybe not) right after we see the film. Could anything short of one genuine civic conscience, related in all sincerity stop us from miring ourselves in pirouettes of unreality, counting stickers on blue and white virtual flypaper as dearer in our imaginations than anyone in our daily lives, perhaps even our own family members?”
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“That dead-eyed anhedonia is but a remora on the ventral flank of the true predator, the Great White Shark of pain. Authorities term this condition clinical depression or involutional depression or unipolar dysphoria. Instead of just an incapacity for feeling, a deadening of soul, the predator-grade depression Kate Gompert always feels as she Withdraws from secret marijuana is itself a feeling. It goes by many names — anguish, despair, torment, or q.v. Burton's melancholia or Yevtuschenko's more authoritative psychotic depression — but Kate Gompert, down in the trenches with the thing itself, knows it simply as It.

It is a level of psychic pain wholly incompatible with human life as we know it. It is a sense of radical and thoroughgoing evil not just as a feature but as the essence of conscious existence. It is a sense of poisoning that pervades the self at the self's most elementary levels. It is a nausea of the cells and soul. It is an unnumb intuition in which the world is fully rich
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“A poet has to be a bit childlike at heart, and in that sense all the romantic stereotypes about poets being "eternal children", etc, are all accurate. They believe, whatever they may say, that art and words can change the world.”
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“Our current contempt for poverty stems from information overload--this is the enabler---our over education as privileged people-- perhaps the real culprit--and our secret assurance that we ourselves owe no one anything beyond the exhausting daily round. We will defend our lack of idealism to anyone and be horrifyingly well received in this age. Indeed, many so called financial "philosophies" are in fact nothing more than elaborate justification for one petty selfishness after the next.”
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“Our fascination with the outlaw, the killer, the meth dealer, is emblematic of a pretty embarrassing problem: we trim the fat of evil. We size it up, add a glitter to it never present in reality, and make it pretty for the cameras. It looks more boring and crude than anything else, so we give it a tummy tuck.”
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“All futurity wears the head of an insect.”
Andrew Joron

“Have you ever had one of those moments when you look up and realize that you're one of those people you see on the train talking to themselves?”
Marc Maron

“I think... if it is true that
there are as many minds as there
are heads, then there are as many
kinds of love as there are hearts.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries abandoned the idea of spiritual or intellectual happiness in order to have this material happiness, consisting of a certain number of essential consumer goods. And hence, in the nineteenth century, happiness was linked to a well-being obtained by mechanical means, industrial means, production. The new thing that Saint-Just spoke about was that, in the past, happiness could appear as a very vague, very distant prospect for humanity, whereas now, people seemed to be within reach of the concrete, material possibility of attaining it. That was why happiness was to become an absolutely essential image for the nineteenth-century bourgeoisie, and for modern society. Happiness was attainable thanks to industrial development, and this image of happiness brought us fully into the consumer society.”
Jacques Ellul, Perspectives on Our Age

“He thought of the telescreen with its never-sleeping ear. They could spy upon you night and day, but if you kept your head you could still outwit them. With all their cleverness they had never mastered the secret of finding out what another human being was thinking. . . . Facts, at any rate, could not be kept hidden. They could be tracked down by inquiry, they could be squeezed out of you by torture. But if the object was not to stay alive but to stay human, what difference did it ultimately make? They could not alter your feelings; for that matter you could not alter them yourself, even if you wanted to. They could lay bare in the utmost detail everything that you had done or said or thought; but the inner heart, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself, remained impregnable.”
George Orwell, 1984
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