a fool in the forest


  • A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the
    A motley fool; a miserable world!
    As I do live by food, I met a fool
    Who laid him down and bask'd him
        in the sun,
    And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good
    In good set terms and yet a motley

    As You Like It,
    Act II, Scene 7

    L'homme y passe à travers des
        forêts de symboles
    Qui l'observent avec des regards

    Les Fleurs du Mal,

    [T]here is almost no subject-matter, and what little one can disentangle is foolish....
    One would call the style verbose, except that by definition verbosity is the use of words in excess of the occasion, and there seems to be no occasion.

    Yvor Winters,
    Forms of Discovery, Ch. 7

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    November 29, 2007



    Great posting. Being more a film guy, I must say that all of the films up to Destino were the highlight of the show for me. The Bunuel collaborataions, the dream sequence from Spellbound (along with the set paintings), and Destino were all great to see. You are right that following Destino, all that remained were appearances on What's My Line, Dali Pastiche's, and Warhol filming Dali in his (or both of their's) self-indulgent worst.

    Two Marxian highlights of the exhibit were the quote of Dali, prominently displayed, in his letter to Andre Breton, "I have come to Hollywood and am in contact with the three great American Surrealists — the Marx Brothers, Cecil B. DeMille and Walt Disney."

    And the other being Harpo's response to the harp strung with barbed wire, being a photo of himself sitting at the said harp with bandaged fingers.

    I'm going to go have a martini now.

    Cowtown Pattie

    You're just dali-ing with us, yes?

    I'll have to bow to Mr. Fleming for the perfect martini served in a large champagne goblet, of course:

    Three measures of Gordon's gin, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.


    Thank you for this post. I just saw this exhibit at MOMA (on the opposite coast from you) and have been looking for an image of the Groucho-Shiva sketch for a week now.

    I will have to say that all the Dali works were completely trumped by the 43-foot long Monet "Reflections of Clouds on a Water-Lilly Pond", which we had no idea was housed at MOMA.

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