Category Archives: Review

A dandy in aspic

Monsieur de Bougrelon covers the waterfront in Jean Lorrain’s singular, intoxicating novella

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A dandy in aspic

Monsieur de Bougrelon covers the waterfront in Jean Lorrain’s singular, intoxicating novella

Je suis Annemarie Schwarzenbach

Drama v documentary – but there can only be one winner.

Je suis Annemarie Schwarzenbach

Drama v documentary – but there can only be one winner.

Der Geldkomplex

A new Spanish film based on the novel by Fanny zu Reventlow

Der Geldkomplex

A new Spanish film based on the novel by Fanny zu Reventlow

Satan Came to Eden

“Wherever you go, you bring yourself”

Satan Came to Eden

“Wherever you go, you bring yourself”

Camp? Anti-camp?

Nazimova saw the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé as the summit of her dramatic work; author Philip Core calls it “a camp con-job on a grand scale.” Would confronting a full-sized Salomé explain this gap between intention and perception?

Camp? Anti-camp?

Nazimova saw the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé as the summit of her dramatic work; author Philip Core calls it “a camp con-job on a grand scale.” Would confronting a full-sized Salomé explain this gap between intention and perception?

Locus Solus. Impresiones de Raymond Roussel

It is unlikely that the museum will be erecting crowd-control barriers at any point in the show’s run, but if renown were measured by the aggregated prestige rather than numerical total of one’s followers, Raymond Roussel would be a near-household name.

Locus Solus. Impresiones de Raymond Roussel

It is unlikely that the museum will be erecting crowd-control barriers at any point in the show’s run, but if renown were measured by the aggregated prestige rather than numerical total of one’s followers, Raymond Roussel would be a near-household name.

Looking ahead

A look ahead at some volumes of interest scheduled to appear in 2012, including works by or about Joseph Roth, Anita Berber & Sebastian Droste, Aleister Crowley, Isabelle Eberhardt, Ronald Firbank, M.P. Shiel and Count Eric Stenbock, as well as a biography of Herbert Huncke.

Looking ahead

A look ahead at some volumes of interest scheduled to appear in 2012, including works by or about Joseph Roth, Anita Berber & Sebastian Droste, Aleister Crowley, Isabelle Eberhardt, Ronald Firbank, M.P. Shiel and Count Eric Stenbock, as well as a biography of Herbert Huncke.

Catching up

Body Sweats, a collection of writings by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, is a capital B capital D Big Deal in the shadow world of Strange Flowers. I’ve leafed through 2011’s back pages to see what else I’ve missed (or in some cases, forgotten) of the year’s books.

Catching up

Body Sweats, a collection of writings by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, is a capital B capital D Big Deal in the shadow world of Strange Flowers. I’ve leafed through 2011’s back pages to see what else I’ve missed (or in some cases, forgotten) of the year’s books.

Arthur Cravan est vivant!

Arthur Cravan is in the eternal present, a present which has assimilated his provocations but yearns for more. Whatever the outcome of his sea voyage, Cravan never really died, he simply passed into a realm from where we may periodically retrieve him.

Arthur Cravan est vivant!

Arthur Cravan is in the eternal present, a present which has assimilated his provocations but yearns for more. Whatever the outcome of his sea voyage, Cravan never really died, he simply passed into a realm from where we may periodically retrieve him.

Review: Mondo Lux

Werner Schroeter never seeks our pity and his plain-spoken insights prevent Mondo Lux becoming a mere obituary. The last line of Eika Katappa, issued on a deathbed, echoes Schroeter’s sentiments best of all: “Life is very precious, even right now”.

Review: Mondo Lux

Werner Schroeter never seeks our pity and his plain-spoken insights prevent Mondo Lux becoming a mere obituary. The last line of Eika Katappa, issued on a deathbed, echoes Schroeter’s sentiments best of all: “Life is very precious, even right now”.

Review: Maya Deren’s Sink

The actress who “plays” Deren had herself made a short film about the filmmaker, and at times unnervingly recalls the original (which is fortunate, as I can imagine look-alike agencies are not bursting with impersonators of mid-century avant-garde film artists).

Review: Maya Deren’s Sink

The actress who “plays” Deren had herself made a short film about the filmmaker, and at times unnervingly recalls the original (which is fortunate, as I can imagine look-alike agencies are not bursting with impersonators of mid-century avant-garde film artists).