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Artaud Anthology

Artaud Anthology I am the man wrote Artaud who has best charted his inmost self Antonin Artaud was a great poet who like Poe Holderlin and Nerval wanted to live in the infinite and asked that the human spirit bu

  • Title: Artaud Anthology
  • Author: Antonin Artaud
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  • Page: 275
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  • I am the man, wrote Artaud, who has best charted his inmost self Antonin Artaud was a great poet who, like Poe, Holderlin, and Nerval, wanted to live in the infinite and asked that the human spirit burn in absolute freedom.To society, he was a madman Artaud, however, was not insane but in luciferian pursuit of what society keeps hidden The man who wrote Van Gogh the I am the man, wrote Artaud, who has best charted his inmost self Antonin Artaud was a great poet who, like Poe, Holderlin, and Nerval, wanted to live in the infinite and asked that the human spirit burn in absolute freedom.To society, he was a madman Artaud, however, was not insane but in luciferian pursuit of what society keeps hidden The man who wrote Van Gogh the Man Suicided by Society raged against the insanity of social institutions with insight that proves prescient with every passing year Today, as Artaud s vatic thunder still crashes above the larval confusion he despised, what is most striking in his writings is an extravagant lucidity.This collection gives us quintessential Artaud on the occult, magic, the theater, mind and body, the cosmos, rebellion, and revolution in its deepest sense.Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud, better known as Antonine Artaud, was a French dramatist, poet, essayist, actor, and theatre director, widely recognized as one of the major figures of twentieth century theatre and the European avant garde.Jack Hirschman b December 13, 1933, in New York, NY is a poet and social activist who has written than 50 volumes of poetry Dismissed from teaching at UCLA for anti war activities in 1966, he moved to San Francisco in 1973, and was the city s present poet laureate Hirschman translates nine languages and edited The Artaud Anthology.

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    1. My first book of Antonin Artaud (otherwise known as Little Anthony.) I remember driving 40 miles to get obtain this book - it was a hellish ride in snow and mud. My heart was palpating and racing because I already read on the internet much of this book. I was excited, but also nervous because of how intimidating his text was. When I finally received the book, I studied it in my car, reading more than half in a single sitting, I then drove back home, locked myself in my room and read this book re [...]

    2. "There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him." Antonin Artaud Between the 15 and 19 I read the bulk of the western philosophers. Near the end of this period I was given this book by a friend. Artuad was Nuts and I identified with him!So, I swore off all western philosophy and heavy reading for the time being. I was too young! Now, at almost 30 I [...]

    3. As usual, I have an earlier edition of this w/ a different cover - before ISBNs. Artaud, you difficult human being you. Thank goodness, you existed. I wish you'd been happy, I wish I were happy, but I DON'T WISH YOU'D BEEN LIKE MOST OF THE MORONS IN THE WORLD. No degree of happiness is worth that fate. You gave a hard look at life & you let it fuck you up. You burned, you lived, you died, & you left a legacy well worth studying.

    4. Great book in terms of straight forwardness of the writing and poetry, also very good curated and edited. although It worked the best for me when reading it scattered and kind of back to front.The Down side of it was when I read the metaphysical and Buddhism part of his writing, not only it was redounded and empty of new ideas or concepts, but in some ways it was conservative. The "Van Gogh, The Man Suicided by the Society" was probably the best part of the book, that got me very interested to s [...]

    5. Artaud's repertoire is a massive shock against the electro-shock, a powerful yearning to be utterly understood, but on the author's own terms. It is a deep howl against everything he loathed. It is also, in a 20th-21st century literary world full of folks expressing sympathy and affinity with the insane, a painful yet wonderful insider's perspective into a mind tortured by too much lucidity.

    6. I think this is a sturdy selection, esp. as so many of the other Artaud collections I like seem to be out of print. Maddening, fascinating, often raving. Why is it that Artaud's work clings and haunts you?

    7. This is another one of those books that marked me in my early twenties because it was my mentor's favorite and also that of my best contemporary, a kind of two for the price of one, a must read, and to like Artaud seemed to imply you were in some kind of club, but I'm not sure what membership entailed. Max's favorite essay of Artaud's (the character from "If So Carried By The Wind, Become The Wind") was "Van Gogh: The Artist Suicided By Society," and it was one of the longer works in the antholo [...]

    8. I do not want it to end. I cannot stop. I want more. Perhaps I can twist the book & ring him out for every last drop. Every droplet poignant even amongst the heaping steeping dung of his mind, the aroma is pungent yet it awakens within something ardent. It calls to life that which is undeniable. The book is riddled with phrases worth quoting, memorizing tattooing abroad one’s flesh & soul. He speaks from a world that rejected his spirit writhing in a grave. His mind, so entrancing. I w [...]

    9. Fabulous book, especially the critical writing. Not the best place to go for poetry, but not bad. Much of this book was translated by David Rattray, who nails Artaud's intensity of voice. Also a lot of Jack Hirschman's translations, which are a bit too beat for my tastes. In any case, it is a wild read! Artaud really goes all out.

    10. This is the first classic anthology put together by Poet Jack Hirschman on Artaud's writings and criticisms. Truly one of the greats of the theater - and well, the arts. Artaud was a haunted man and his writings have that desperate aspect to his mental health and his unique way of looking at the world. Truly great.

    11. Worth it for the Tarahumara Indian section alone, this edition of shorter works also includes classics like his justification for the legalization of Opium and the end to stigmatization of addicts, plus lots of brilliant and typically unusual pieces. Also, and this is really important, has selections from "Theater and its Double", which introduces the idea of the "Theater of Cruelty", which is an interesting subject in and of itself. Truth be told I haven't read it from cover to cover but it's n [...]

    12. Artaud's aggressive and vivid language is actually less interesting to me than his ideas, which center around developing a new and healthier spirituality. He has a totally different conception of the body, sexuality, and how religion should and does function than anyone who came before him. Also a great and more artistic predecessor to Deleuze and Guatarri.

    13. Brilliant!! A book to read over and over again. Deeply moving. A fascinating view of the mind in a world of persecution and fear. Note the lovely and immobilizing 'Van Gough,Suicided By Society'.

    14. A collection of absolutely fascinating writings from a man who was at once a literary genius, world traveller and experimenter with drugs such as peyote well before the time they became popular, but also a diary in a way of a man spiralling into schizophrenia. The bigger more comprehensive collection is also worth the extra time and money. Unrivalled in modern literature and I enjoyed it so much that his became the backbone for my novel The Narcissist, about a student of Artaud's work who myster [...]

    15. i purchased this copy for 9.71 at a downtown bookstore. It's a first edition, fairly beat up, but in good condition. I saw the City Lights logo first, then I read the back and who this Artaud guy is. And now i now. This guy is fascinating. At times it was hard to plow through because it read as you would assume it would read: someone with mental health issues, writing about their torment. Granted it is a fascinating read, sometimes frustrating, sometimes insightful. Sometimes bluntly hilarious. [...]

    16. After reading this book (including eye-reads of the early black and white edition's many elevated to deranged photo's of Artaud) the early letters of Rimbaud made clear sense that the path in life to pursue was derangement of the senses. The pain that takes place in Artaud's sentences are to my mind, still the final word of "poetry." They exist in a time span that few if any have the guts to live, or even remotely begin exploring. If you truly enter here, as lifestyle, you enter a danger far bey [...]

    17. A very strange effect accompanies the reader of this book. As Artaud descends into madness, his linguistic faculty improves greatly. The result is that as his ideas become more obscure, they also begin to make more sense. The reader is carried along with Artaud's fantastic imagination and comes to see it as more relatable than reality. This may be clever editing, or it may be that there is truth to Artaud's madness.

    18. Artaud's scream vibrates throughout his urgent lines. I myself almost threw the book aside, the first one third of it leaving me dry - but, having persevered into his later writing, I am able to write the first sentence in this paragraph with sincerity and joy - the joy of having been squeezed in the anxious fist of a writer who dislocates you from the humdrum routine in which we are all stuck, which goes unnoticed - the nooks and crannies of the accepted, smashed by a bloodshot eye.

    19. I first picked up this anthology 20 years ago. I found it to be unreadable then and it seems to be just as unreadable to me now. The only coherent pieces in this cacophony of blasphemy and obscenities are "Van Gogh: The Man Suicided by Society" and the alchemical "Theatre and Science". It would take me many lifetimes to make sense of his nonsense, so I won't even bother. I'll leave this to others who are better suited to the task.

    20. writings on: suicide comtemplation, the sickness of the social institution, the secrets hidden from it, the deepest recesses of the mind, the madness that comes of such "sanity," artaud is the epitome of the madman society persecutes.

    21. Bought this one at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, which is actually a log cabin in the woods off of CA-1. I enjoy reading Artaud, king of surrealism, and every once in a while I pick this one up and read a few pages. Always illuminating.

    22. Artaud is enormously self consious as a person. The works would be completely different (in a good way)if he had not been thus.

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