10 October 2016

Exercises in Style

Sometimes I buy a book on the basis of its cover. Well, in this case the book was also well larded with little illustrations that lived up to the promise of the cover. I loved these right away: spontaneous, witty & a nice ink line. Plus, they remind me of Alexander Calder. In fact they're by Stefan Themerson, of whom I had not heard prior to this purchase a Polish poet, composer & novelist who was married to the equally interesting Franciszka Weinles. The two made experimental films together & founded 'Gaberbocchus Press', a publishing company whose authors included Raymond Queneau, Stevie Smith, Alfred Jarry, and Bertrand Russell. 
The book makes quite a good read, too, even if the idea behind it becomes a little wearing by variation 163 or so. 

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