Jonathan Eburne in Harper’s

Surrealism and the Art of Crime is reviewed by John Leonard in the September 2008 Harper’s. A quote: “If, as André Breton and Louis Aragon came to believe in different ways, crime could be thought of as a mode of cultural production, then violence itself was up for grabs aesthetically. In random violence, as in automatic writing, the unconscious spoke to us directly from its heart of darkness.” Leonard also characterizes Eburne as thinking “he’s still surrounded by the intuitive and the uncanny, by spectacles, totems, desires, and dreams; that he suspects Jacques Lacan and Walter Benjamin are watching his every move.” And, as Eburne assures us, this is very much the case.

Jonathan Eburne in Harper’s