Quotes of quotes of quotes of quotes, 8/17

Today I simply haven’t been doing the kind of thinking that allows me to deliver this daily quotation gimmick o’ mine (either that or I’m just fresh out of ideas at the moment), so let’s forgo the obligatory preface and allow these two quotes to introduce themselves.

“O, if only, instead of being a hell, the universe had been an immense celestial anus!” (Comte de Lautréamont, Fifth Canto of Les Chants du Maldoror)

“PA UBU. – Hornstrumpot! We shall not have succeeded in demolishing everything unless we demolish the ruins as well. But the only way I can see of doing that is to use them to put up a lot of fine, well-designed buildings.” (Alfred Jarry, Ubu Enchained)

If you’re wondering what the hell I’m getting at here, then finish off your rapidly dying summer by reading Roger Shattuck’s excellent work of cultural history, The Banquet Years, an erudite profile of the French avant-garde from the 1880s on to the outbreak of World War I; the chapters on Jarry and Henri Rousseau are especially fascinating. I wonder how many times Groucho Marx read Ubu Roi


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