Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Exquisite

More infernal EP reviewery: The latest issue of Modern Painters (with the Anselm Kiefer painting on the cover) has my piece about Exquisite Corpse: Surrealism and the Black Dahlia Murder, a fascinating and unsettling new book by Mark Nelson and Sarah Hudson Bayliss that teases out the dark links between Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and George Hodel, one of the prime suspects in that famous case. The article also looks at Black Dahlia Avenger (a book by Hodel's son, Steve), Harry Stephen Keeler's webwork, and more . . .

When I have time, I'm going to do a "Connections" (right here at Dizzies Central!) between this material and all the recent eyeball stuff. (As the headline suggests, Laird Hunt's new novel fits into this web . . . )

Speaking of the Dahlia case, there's a great/wild interview with James Ellroy in the Sunday Times magazine (tomorrow).

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