Paris

Late Night Surrealism

Theme: Paris!Philippe Soupault’s Last Nights of Paris is a surrealist homage to the city of Paris itself.  Soupault was on the movements original founders, along with Andre Breton, and in this book we see those Surrealist elements – non-sequitor, automatism and surprise juxtapositions.   But mostly, this book is anomaly.  It’s technically a novel, yet at…

Classic Oulipo, She Said Gently

Theme: Paris Queneau the Quirky. The strange and the unique. Strange and unique. Queneau the quintessential Queneauean. And the best book to read of his to experience him in all his Queneauiness is Zazie in the Metro Whyshouldwereadhimniway? I smell a device. Yes, that’s Queneau, Raymond Queneau. Queneau was friend of de vice. Instead of…

This is Not a Novel

They pass it round secretly, under the eyes of the police, in the guise of books and poems. The anodyne pretext of literature allows them to offer you at a rock-bottom price this deadly ferment which it is high time to make generally available for consumption. It is the genie in the bottle, it is…