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Entries from August 2013

Little Blue Books by Forteans (4): Harry Elmer Barnes

August 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments

I’ve posted the Little Blue Books of Theodore Dreiser, Ben Hecht, and John Cowper Powys.  None of the other Founders (Tiffany Thayer, Harry Leon Wilson, Burton Rascoe, Alexander Woollcott, J. David Stern, Aaron Sussman, Booth Tarkington) wrote for Haldeman-Julius — except one.  That was Harry Elmer Barnes. Barnes quickly disappeared from the Founders’ roster.  He […]

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Tags: Forteana · Literature

Bulletin (23)

August 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Our tribute to Les Blank was an unqualified delight.  Blank’s films unfurled in all their majesty; and his sons Harrod and Beau were on hand to provide commentary and to answer questions.  Our thanks to all who attended. You can see a rare photographic portrait of me, enjoying my edition of Alphonse Allais’s How I […]

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Tags: Alphonse Allais · Bulletins

Captain Cap, Volume 3

August 5th, 2013 · No Comments

The third volume of the adventures of Captain Cap (there will be four) is now available from Black Scat Books, in a limited edition of 125.  The adventures of the prototypical ‘pataphysical antihero, first published by Alphonse Allais in 1902, have been scrupulously translated, illustrated, and annotated by Doug Skinner; they appear in English for […]

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Tags: 'pataphysics · Alphonse Allais · Books