Read “Uncle Sam Carrington,” a short story by Leonora Carrington

“Uncle Sam Carrington” by Leonora Carrington When Uncle Sam Carrington saw the full moon he was never able to stop laughing. A sunset had the same effect on Aunt Edgeworth. These two events created much suffering for my mother who took pleasure in a certain social prestige. At the age of eight I was considered… Continue reading Read “Uncle Sam Carrington,” a short story by Leonora Carrington

“The Royal Command,” A Surreal Short Story by Leonora Carrington

“The Royal Command” by Leonora Carrington I had received a royal command to visit the rulers of my country. The invitation, in gold letters in relief and adorned with roses and swallows, was bordered in lace. I went to look for my car, but the chauffeur, who lacks practical sense, had buried it. “It’s to… Continue reading “The Royal Command,” A Surreal Short Story by Leonora Carrington

The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington (Book acquired, 10 April 2017)

You probably know Leonora Carrington for her rich, wry surrealist paintings, sculptures, drawings, and sketches. She also wrote rich, wry surrealist tales, which the good people at Dorothy have collected in The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington. I kind of flipped out when I first saw the publication announcement for this collection. Her work has been out… Continue reading The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington (Book acquired, 10 April 2017)

“The Beloved,” A Short Surrealist Tale by Leonora Carrington

“The Beloved” by Leonora Carrington ONE LATE afternoon, passing through a narrow street, I stole a melon. The fruit man who was hidden behind his fruits seized me by the arm and said to me: “Señorita, I’ve been waiting for an occasion like this for forty years. I have spent forty years hidden behind this… Continue reading “The Beloved,” A Short Surrealist Tale by Leonora Carrington

A review of Gisèle Prassinos’s collection of surreal anti-fables, The Arthritic Grasshopper

I can’t remember which particular Surrealist I was googling when I learned about Gisèle Prassinos. I do know that it was just a few weeks ago, and I’ve had an interest in Surrealist art and literature since I was a kid, so I was a bit stunned that I’d never heard of her before now—strange, given… Continue reading A review of Gisèle Prassinos’s collection of surreal anti-fables, The Arthritic Grasshopper

(An Incomplete) List of Writers Who Died in 2011

Vaclav Havel Christopher Hitchens Russell Hoban Ken Russell Joe Simon Stetson Kennedy Sidney Lumet George Whitman Lilian Jackson Braun Edwin Honig Michael S. Hart Gil Scott-Heron Bill Keane Jerry Leiber Diana Wynne Jones Bert Jansch Leonora Carrington Brian Jacques Barbara Grier Edouard Glissant Dwayne McDuffie Hisaye Yamamoto Phoebe Snow Anne McCaffrey Leonard B. Stern Vincent… Continue reading (An Incomplete) List of Writers Who Died in 2011