Shadow World

A woman sits in shadows, wrapped in a great checkered cowl. Behind her, golden light pours from a contraption of cogs, bells, tubes, and…

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Exquisite Connections

Draw a head on the top section of a piece of paper. Then fold it over so that your neighbor can’t see what you’ve…

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Surreal Screen

As a onetime Trotskyist and confederate of Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Anaïs Nin, and André Breton, filmmaker Maya Deren loathed Tinseltown. Until her sudden…

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O Hypodermic Light

Less well known than some of the Beat poets, Philip Lamantia nevertheless embodied the spirit of his times so thoroughly that his life story…

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To Be Surreal

Surrealism is associated by most people with a group of eccentric, self-promoting male artists from the 1930s on: Dali, Andre Breton, et al. But…

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