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Exquisite Corpse by Mark Nelson
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Aug 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: muckraking, street-academia, surrealism-dada

Nelson's addendum to "Black Dahlia Avenger" is part-true crime, part-art historical tour of surrealist iconography, and part expose on an epic crime that has left deep marks in Angeleno popular culture. The author unearths the surrealist tropes the killer(s) etched into the body of Elizabeth Short as signatures, and reveals them as likely clues to the identity of the still-undiscovered murderer in a tale that touches on, possibly implicates, LA's artistic vanguard -- including Man Ray and potentially Duchamp. Brilliant.

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