Those krazy Kanadians have been at it again!
Three of Canada’s most fertile Surrealists have spawned a beautiful hatchling: a new online zine called The Philosophical Egg.
Co-edited by Beatriz Hausner, Peter Dubé and Susana Wald, it’s a reboot-revival of the zine Wald and her partner Ludwig Zeller used to produce by hand. The plan now is to issue it regularly online.
From Dubé’s introduction to this issue:
The Egg, as an occasional and informal publication, will allow us to take a quick snapshot of where things stand at a particular moment and share it with our comrades in the movement. It will also provide a handy resource that can be shared with other interested, sympathetic readers, viewers, and so on.
(Oh, and by the way: if you haven’t checked out Hausner’s beautiful Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart yet, you really should.)
Meanwhile, my September started with a crash bang wallop when a massive tome burst through my letterbox (ow).
The tome in question was Ron Sakolsky’s Dreams Of Anarchy And The Anarchy Of Dreams: Adventures At The Crossroads Of Anarchy And Surrealism.
Weighing in at more than 600 pages, and with a handsome cover image by Rikki Ducornet, it’s one hell of a beastie.
From the preface:
This volume is not meant to be yet another general history of surrealism, but has as its specific focus the fertile crossroads between surrealism and one of its most marvelous accomplices, anarchism (or more broadly-speaking, “anarchisms”). In this regard, much of surrealism’s own diverse history over the last hundred years has intentionally been left out of this book, but much appears within its pages that has previously been confined to the fringes […].
While most analyses of the politics of surrealism have addressed its historical relationship with institutional Marxism […], this book seeks to break new ground by not only seeing surrealist history through an anarchist lens but concentrating its attention on the ongoing intersectional relationship between surrealism and anarchism. […]
While the Paris Surrealist Group has been a major location for such collaborative anarcho-surrealist endeavors, this book [also] references the various activities of anarcho-surrealist individuals and groups located far and wide in both past and present contexts, including those in the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Portugal, Poland, The Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, and Egypt.
The book is published by Autonomedia.
Image credits: photographs mine,zine cover reproduced under fair use.
Take a peek behind the veil.