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This page updated December 2006.


A Book of Surrealist Games by Alastair Brotchie "Surrealism is far more than some dead art movement: it is also a collection of tools for perceiving and representing the world in ways that transcend normative perspectives. This delightful little book is packed with word and image games that surrealists developed to create their written and graphical art."

The Home of the Surrealists: Lee Miller, Roland Penrose and Their Circle At by Antony Penrose. Written by Antony Penrose, son of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, this book provides a fascinating and personal insight into their life together at Farley Farm, Sussex, where they played host to the some of the greatest 20th century artists and assembled one of the most fascinating collections of modern art in Britain."

The Book as Art: Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts by Krystyna Wasserman, Johanna Drucker, and Audrey Niffenegger. Artists' books have emerged over the last 25 years as the quintessential contemporary art form, addressing subjects as diverse as poetry and politics, incorporating a full spectrum of artistic media and bookmaking methods, and taking every conceivable form. Female painters, sculptors, calligraphers, and printmakers, as well a growing community of hobbyists, have played a primary role in developing this new mode of artistic expression. The Book as Art presents more than 100 of the most engaging women's artist books created by major fine artists such as Meret Oppenheim, May Stevens, Kara Walker, and Renee Stout and distinguished book artists such as Susan King, Ruth Laxson, Claire Van Vliet, and Julie Chen.

Surrealism and the Sacred: Power, Eros, and the Occult in Modern Art by Celia Rabinovitch. "From archaic fetishism, found objects, dream images and free association, Surrealist artists and writers - such as Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Meret Oppenheim and Wolfgang Paalen - transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary by deliberately evoking the ambivalence of sacred power. Surrealism and the Sacred traces the conflict between the secular and sacred forces from prehistory and paganism through the Renaissance and the occult revival of the 19th century to the Surrealist movement of the 20th century. Against the tyranny of reason and the European bourgeoisie, Surrealists drew from occultism, Asian religions and mysticism, and psychoanalysis to create an uncanny and creative state of mind that continues to have a profound effect on the modern imagination. This remarkable book challenges conventional assumptions about modern art and its larger meanings in the history of knowledge."

Surrealism and the Occult: Shamanism, Magic, Alchemy, and the Birth of an Artistic Movement by Nadia Choucha. An art historian shows how many surrealists and their predecessors were steeped in magical ideas that were expressed in their art: the sorcery of Dali, the alchemy of Picasso, the Theosophy of Kandinsky, and the shamanism of Ernst and Carrington. 

The Art of Lee Miller by Mark Haworth-Booth. Not yet out but will be available January 2007. "Lee Miller (1907--1977) was one of the most remarkable photographic artists of the 20th century. She created Surrealist-inspired photographs of haunting originality, portraits of genius, and daring war photographs. This unprecedented book brings together all of Miller's major vintage prints for the first time, including sensational works never before published, rare and revealing drawings, selections from Miller's writings as a war correspondent for Vogue magazine, and an extraordinary collage from 1937.... In the 1930s and '40s, Miller shot remarkable portraits of such iconic figures as Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali. Turning her Surrealist eye to unexpected photographic subjects, she earned major commissions from American and European fashion magazines and also became a respected photo-journalist. Miller's startling images of the Dachau concentration camp are among the most powerful records of the Holocaust."

Francesca Woodman by Chris Townsend (Hardcover - Jun 1, 2006). Released this autumn, this monograph of Woodman's work features 250 images, many of which have never been published before. Very Cool.

Surrealism in Exile and the Beginning of the New York School by Martica Sawin. "In this fascinating account of what was happening within Surrealism during the crucial years 1938-1947, Martica Sawin documents the cultural transfer that took place when the greater part of the prewar Surrealist group was transplanted to the Western Hemisphere. Eminently readable, clearly told, and biographically rich, Sawin's year-by-year narrative pieces together when and how the refugees arrived and their various points of contact with the future abstract expressionists. "

Reclaiming Female Agency: Feminist Art History after Postmodernism by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard. Identifing female agency as a central theme of recent feminist scholarship, this anthology, framed by a lucid and stimulating critical introduction, twenty-three essays on artists and issues from the Renaissance to the present, written in the 1990s and after, offers a nuanced critique of the poststructuralist premises of 1980s feminist art history.

The Rise of the Sixties: American and European Art in the Era of Dissent by Thomas Crow. "Presenting an international array of artists against the background of world events in the 1960s, Crow portrays the ways in which the American art scene‹including such key figures as Leo Castelli, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, Robert Morris, Robert Smithson, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol‹fit into the corresponding European and international movements of the time, among them Situationalism, Conceptualism, Feminism, Environmentalism, and Op Art."

Surreal Eden: Edward James and Las Pozas by Margaret Hooks. "Turning his back on the strictures of England, a faltering career as a poet, and his failed marriage, James followed the movable feast around Europe and then headed for America and 1940s Los Angeles, where he was a member of the colony of artists and writers that included Man Ray, Isamu Noguchi, and Christopher Isherwood. But it was ultimately in Mexico that he felt at home and became an artist in his own right, creating the remarkable Las Pozas, in the remote town of Xilitla, an area abounding in waterfalls and wild orchids. Working with local Otomi Indians, he sculpted the jungle, illuminated the forest, and built parapets in the sky. Award-winning biographer Margaret Hooks tells the bizarre, often tragic tale of his life and the creation of his surreal masterpiece, captured exquisitely in photographs by Sally Mann, Michael Schuyt, Lourdes Almeida, and others. "


Disappearing Witness: Change in Twentieth-Century American Photography by Gretchen Garner. "Garner discusses direct witness as the dominant paradigm for American photographers from the 1920s to the 1960s. During these decades, photographers saw their medium primarily as a vehicle for truthful description and sometimes as a weapon against social injustice. In the 1960s, however, photographic practice and its cultural significance shifted to reflect more personal, idiosyncratic, and staged visions of reality -- a trend, Garner notes, that has intensified with digital photography. The major portion of the book is devoted to post-1960s work, exploring how the changes have affected portraiture, documentary, landscape, still life, fashion, and the new genre of self-imagery. In documenting this transformation in American photography, Disappearing Witness forcefully rethinks the history of photography itself.

The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography 1960-1982 by Douglas Fogle. "The Last Picture Show addresses the emergence of this phenomenon of artists using photography by tracing the development of conceptual trends in postwar photographic practice from its first glimmerings in the 60s in the work of artists such as Bernd & Hilla Becher, Ed Ruscha and Bruce Nauman, to its rise to art-world prominence in the work of the artists of the late 70s and early 80s including Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman. "

Colonial Noir: Photographs from Mexico by Reid Samuel Yalom "Using the expansive vernacular of black and white night photography to modify the antiquarian sensibility ordinarily brought to the study of Mexico¹s colonial architectures, "Colonial Noir" brings together the unsettling tenor of Mexico¹s colonial legacies with the ambiguous landscape of noir. Set against the backdrop of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, the images in this collection draw on the aesthetics of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism to create the collection¹s existential tone‹where the innuendo of chiaroscuro becomes an analog to the tenuous relationship between Mexico¹s celebrated cultural plurality and its nefarious colonial history."


Christmas (Williams-Sonoma) by Carolyn Miller It was the picture of the turkey with chestnut stuffing that sold me on this book.

Kids' Christmas Cookbook (Christmas at Home) by Brittany Sindeldecker and Erica Sindeldecker. Fun collection of holiday recipes of creative, delicious, and kid-friendly easy-to-fix dishes.

Busy People's Fun, Fast, Festive Christmas Cookbook by Dawn Hall. The 7-ingredients or less, 30-minutes or less formula is adapted for the Christmas season.

The Christmas Candy Book by Lou Seibert and Frankie Frankeny. Orange Liqueur Chocolate Truffles on Christmas, awesome. Love the pictures. .

The Wine Lover's Dessert Cookbook: Recipes and Pairings for the Perfect Glass of Wine by Jennie Schacht, Mary Cech, and Frankie Frankeny. Not strictly Christmasy but how could I pass up a book with a decadent Chocolate Soufflé Roulade. Too yummy.


It's getting late so I'll come back and finish this later with a longer synopsis of the movies.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Tommy Lee Jones and Dwight Yoakum. An amazing film. It's probably the best film I've watched all year and I don't even like Westerns, even modern day ones. DVD

Saving Face (2005) Michelle Krusiec, Joan Chen, Lynn Chen, and Jin Wang (II). One of a growing number of delightful Asian American films. DVD .

Kinky Boots . Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah-Jane Potts, and Nick Frosts. Ejiofor is an amazing actor. His range is amazing. From the illegal immigrant doctor in Dirty Pretty Things, to the civilized but very scarey villain in Serenity to the kickass drag queen in Kinky Boots who saves a shoe factory, he's just fun to watch.

Joyeux Noel . Kruger, Furmann, Canet, and Bruhl

Novels, Poems & Essays

Acts of Levitation by Laynie Browne. A surreal novel with a cover by Woodman. Amelia has the ability to levitate. Wanderings through dream galleries, costumed performances, and future libraries, she meets an elusive photographer, Sebastion (part human, part lion) and a chorus of cynics who exist only in partial bodies.


will change these soone

Sensations Liata. European ballads.

Michael Haydn: Requiem; Missa in Honorem Sanctae Ursulae by Peter Harvey. Did you know Josef Haydn had a younger brother who was also a composer and a friend of Mozart's? Now you do.

Other past featured books:

Surrealist books

Ana Mendieta: Sculpture and Performance 1972 -1985 by Olga Viso.

Ana Mendieta: The "silueta" series, 1973-1980 by Mary Jane Jacob

Anthology of Surreal Cinema, Vol. 1 by Anthology of Surreal Cinema. DVD. 5 shorts from 1924-1928.

Between Lives: An Artist and Her World by Dorothea Tanning.

Dorothea Tanning: Insomnias 1954-1965 by Charles Stuckey and Richard Howard. (

Ghost Ships : A Surrealist Love Triangle by Robert McNab

Gradiva's Mirror: Reflections on Women, Surrealism and Art History by Betty Ann Brown.

History of the Surrealist Movement by Gerard Durozoi and Alison Anderson

L'Amour fou : Photography and Surrealism by Jane Livingston, Dawn Ades (Photographer), Rosalind E. Krauss. L' Amour fou is the first book to study the crucial role photography played in the Surrealist movement.

Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy And Art by Susan Aberth

Lilus Kikus and Other Stories by Elena Poniatowska, illustrated Leonora Carrington, and translated by Elizabeth Coonrod Martinez

DVD: Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde.

Photography and Surrealism: Sexuality, Colonialism and Social Dissent Picasso's Weeping Woman : The Life and Art of Dora Maar

Pop Surrealism: The Rise Of Underground Art by Williams, Carlo McCormick, Larry Reid, and Kirsten Anderson.

Remedios Varo : Unexpected Journey

Remedios Varo: Pintar Es Jugar con Secretos / Painting is Playing with Secrets (Asi Ocurrio/ Instantaneas De La Historia / How It Happened/ Instantaneity of History) by M. Nepote, Julian Cicero (Illustrator) . For ages 4-8 in Spanish.

Surrealism and Cinema by Michael Richardson

Surrealism: Desire Unbound .

Surrealism USA by Isabelle Dervaux

Un Chien Andalou (2005) DVD . Luis Bunuel collaborated with Salvador Dali to create this 1929 quintessential surrealist film.

Weirdo Deluxe: The Wild World of Pop Surrealism & Lowbrow Art by Matt Dukes Jordan.


Mary Magdalen by Susan Haskins.


Artemisia Gentileschi by Mary D. Garrard.

Amazons of the Avant Garde.

Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections by Diana Burgess Fuller (Editor), Daniela Salvioni (Editor). From Library Journal: "This is the first survey of women artists in post-World War II California and their impact on contemporary culture."

Dangerous Border Crossers : The Artist Talks Back by Guillermo Gomez-Pena. ".

A Different Kind of Intimacy : The Collected Writings of Karen Finley by Karen Finley, Annie Leibovitz (Photographer).

El Corazon De La Muerte/Altars and Offerings for Days of the Dead by Chiori Santiago, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez (Introduction)

Limelight Helen Gee's her memoir and the story of the cafe she ran for awhile while she became a photographer, which became a gathering place for writers, artists and photographers.

Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings . Illuminates the artist's world of poetic thought.

Maya Deren and the American Avant-Garde

Mirror, Mirror: Self-Portraits by Women Artists by Liz Rideal, Whitney Chadwick, Frances Borzello

Peaceful Painter: Memoirs of an Issei Woman Artist by Hisako Hibi and Ibuki H. Lee. "

The Quilts of Gee's Bend . The vibrant quilts of the women of Gee's Bend in southern Alabama including a historical overview of the two hundred years of quilt-making in this African-American community, its people, and their art-making tradition.

Sexual Personae : Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia.

Singular Women: Writing the Artist by Kristen Frederickson (Editor), Sarah E. Webb (Editor).

Sweet Oblivion: The Urban Landscape of Martin Wong . The visionary paintings of Martin Wong, one of the unsung geniuses of New York's East Village art scene of the 1980s.

Tadao Ando: Light and Water by Tadao Ando.

Yun Gee: Poetry, Writings, Art, Memories by Anthony W. Lee. Yun Gee was among the most advanced California modernist painters in the 1920s.


Acting the Part: Photography As Theatre by Marta Weiss, Ann Thomas, Karen Henry, and Lori Pauli

Breaking Bounds: The Dance Photography of Lois Greenfield by William A. Ewing, Lois Greenfield (Photographer).

Cindy Sherman : Retrospective by Amanda Cruz, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, Amelia Jones, Cindy Sherman (Photographer).

Deeper Than Gold: Indian Life Along California's Highway 49 by Brian Bibby, Dugan Aguilar (Photographer)

Dreaming in Black and White : Photography at the Julien Levy Gallery by Katherine Ware and Peter Barberie

Husk of Time: The Photographs of Victor Masayesva (Sun Tracks) by Beverly R. Singer and Victor Masayesva Jr."

Kara Walker: Pictures From Another Time by Kara Walker, Thelma Golden, Robert Reid-Pharr, Annette Dixon (Editor).

Sugimoto Portraits by Tracey Bashkoff, Nancy Spector, Thomas Kellein, Carol Armstrong.

Sarah Moon: Coincidences .

Uta Barth In Between Places by Uta Barth (Photographer), Sheryl Conkelton, Russell Ferguson, Timothy Martin.


Quick & Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes by Nancie McDermott, Alison Miksch.

Sam Choy & the Makaha Sons' A Hawaiian Luau by Sam Choy, et al.

The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein.

Washoku: Recipes From The Japanese Home Kitchen by Elizabeth Andoh, Leigh Beisch (Photographer). P> The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market Cookbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Impeccable Produce Plus Seasonal Recipes by Christopher Hirsheimer, Peggy Knickerbocker

Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell.

Bento Boxes: Japanese Meals on the Go by Naomi Kijima.

The New Gourmet: Sensational & Satisfying Low-Fat Cooking. by Mary Harrison Carroll and Hal Straus.

Soy of Cooking: Easy-to-Make Vegetarian, Low-Fat, Fat-Free, and Antioxidant-Rich Gourmet Recipes by Marie Oser


The Braided Tongue by Roshni Rustomji. A cool debut novel.

Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder.

Exquisite Corpse : A Novel ** by Robert Irwin.

Thus Spake the Corpse : An Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998 : Volume 1, Poetry & Essays .

Thus Spake the Corpse : An Exquisite Corpse Reader, 1988-1998 : Volume 2, Fictions Travels & Translations.

Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite.

Exquisite Corpse : Surrealism and the Black Dahlia Murder by Mark Nelson,


Serenity Sci-fi

[VHS] Maya Deren: Experimental Films (1959) by Maya Deren. In his review, Yves Rivard from Waterloo, Quebec Canada described her work as: "She fused, may be unknowingly, the aesthetics of Jean Cocteau and Sergei Eisenstein. She combined freudian lyricism with the specifics of the cinema. Her slow motions, her bold ellipses, her extension of time are wonderful. She is not only the mother of the Cinematographic Fantastic, she is the Mother of the trance film."

Wolf's Rain - Limited Complete Collection .

Mirrormask (2005) DVD . Neil Gaiman.


The Sound I Saw: Improvisation on a Jazz Theme by Roy Decarava (Photographer) .

Sensations Liata. European ballads.

Michael Haydn: Requiem; Missa in Honorem Sanctae Ursulae by Peter Harvey.

Maldoror by Erik Friedlander. Cello

From The Burnpile by Bonfire Madigan. dark cello rock

Alligator by The National. urgent chamber pop? Baroque rock?

Stay Human by Michael Franti & Spearhead. From an Amazon review: Through a make-believe community radio station, Franti tells the tale of Sister Fatima, a healer and activist who is being put to death for a crime that her community believes she didn't commit.

Note: Reviews within quote marks are from As often as not, books on this page are books that I don't own but have caught my eye as something I'm thinking about owning.