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Anyone into this press? My mom got me some books from them for my birthday, and they're really cool. Two books about Pataphysics and one by members of the Oulipo. I'm a sucker for avant-garde stuff like that.

#NAME? (ytth), Thursday, 25 December 2008 07:15 (twelve years ago) link

If you like that sort of lit, have you seen the blog 'A Journey Round My Skull'? ajourneyroundmyskull.blogspot.com - he posts all sorts of great stuff there from an amazing library of books.

James Morrison, Friday, 26 December 2008 05:02 (twelve years ago) link

ooh, good recommendation... i hadn't seen it, but i'm going to check it out right now.

#NAME? (ytth), Friday, 26 December 2008 05:23 (twelve years ago) link

checked out that site... great stuff on there. i'd love to own the deluxe edition of the annotated topography of chance. too bad it's over $500...

#NAME? (ytth), Friday, 26 December 2008 05:49 (twelve years ago) link

i have the oulipo conpendium. and at least one anti-classic about pataphysics or surrealism or some bullshit i am likely never to get around to reading, bcz i suck :<

thomp, Friday, 26 December 2008 21:44 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

thread is too short imo

Dog Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 20:45 (three months ago) link

OTM. Any particular favourites, JR (and / or the Bs)?

I am a sucker for Oulipo business but here are some of the other Atlas things I've particularly enjoyed:

Victor Segalen - Journey to the Land of the Real (warped travelogue kind of thing, I liked this even more than"Rene Leys" but maybe not quite as much as "Paintings"; of course those are extensively discussed on the Quartet Encounters thread, which doesn't exist).
Robert Desnos - The Punishments of Evil (mad dadaist novel which, as with pretty much all dada / surrealist novels, doesn't quite maintain the energy it starts out with but still a great ride)
Hans Henry Jahnn - The Living Are Few, the Dead Many (spooked and frequently scabby, the back cover says "crazed marriage of Gothic Romanticism, modern literary expressionism and the experiments of writers such as Joyce and Döblin" - not so sure about he J&D bit but the rest seems spot on).
Bruno Cobra: Sam Nunn is Dead - from a Futurist but more fun than that sounds, the true story of the revolution as fomented by poetry. "Marching onward but to what goal? And to what purpose?
Gerhard Roth - On the Brink - oddly I remember nothing about the contents of this book but recall very clearly being transfixed by its somewhat rotten weirdness, I should read it again.

Tim, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 13:57 (three months ago) link


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