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Salvador Dalí’s Rare, Erotic Vintage Cookbook

dali_lesdinersdegalaSalvador Dali fans, Brain Pickings features your hero’s cookbook, and quite a feast it is:

“When I was six years old,” Salvador Dalí once professed, “I wanted to be a cook.” But it wasn’t until his late sixties that he channeled his childhood fantasy into Les Diners de Gala — a lavishly illustrated cookbook, originally published in 1973 and featuring Dalí’s intensely erotic etchings and paintings. The twelve chapters each cover a specific class of dishes — from exotic courses to fish and shellfish to vegetables — rendered with a surrealist twist both gastronomically and aesthetically, but nowhere more so than in the tenth chapter, dedicated to aphrodisiacs.

Prefacing the recipes is Dalí’s unambiguous cautionary disclaimer, penned at the dawn of the first major dieting era of popular culture:

We would like to state clearly that, beginning with the very first recipes, Les Diners de Gala, with its precepts and its illustrations, is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of Taste.

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5am Film Series: Un Chien Andalou

Un Chien Andalou is the first film that really got me interested in surrealist cinema. While not the first surrealist film (that goes to The Seashell and the Clergyman by Germaine Dulac), it is particularly notable due to Salvador Dali’s involvement.

The film, directed by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali, has minimal plot in which the characters exist in a dreamlike world. It was Buñuel’s directorial debut.

If you’d like to explore surrealism in cinema further, Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon is another favorite of mine.

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Address To The Industrial Nation

CyberpunK-2YOU will be pleased to know … actually … let’s start at the beginning. All systems are a product of their histories. Events over time shape the state of OS and application software both for good and bad; while users make forward progress on productive work, bugs and malicious software may destabilize and corrupt their efforts. External events to a historical version of a virtual monitor ma-chine. Replay is intentionally non-deterministic, and may be parametrized as to modify the stream of events that are delivered. In the second, analysis stage, the engine pro-state as mutable through time has been the subject of many tools to assist with semantic comparisons between the resulting alternate states.

Now, a lot of people like to talk about “industrial musicK” like they know what they’re talking about. They only talk of machine drums, sequencers set on 16th-note patterns, barre cords, tedious vocal distortion and sound bites sampled from A Scanner Darkly.… Read the rest

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