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Antonin Artaud
(1896-1948) born on
Sep 04
French dramatist, poet, actor. He was theoretician of the Surrealist movement; tried to replace "bourgeois" classical theatre with his primitive ceremonies of "theatre of cruelty."
         
   
F
When we speak the word "life," it must be understood we are not referring to life as we know it from its surface of fact, but to that fragile, fluctuating center which forms never reach.

R
But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes.
A
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.
N
Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.
K
Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Theater and Its Double," "Preface: The Theater and Culture," 1938; tr. 1958.
R: "Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society," 1947; repr. in "Selected Writings," pt. 33, ed. Susan Sontag, 1976.
A: "Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society," 1947; repr. in "Selected Writings," pt. 33, ed. Susan Sontag, 1976.
N: "Ci-Gît," 1947; repr. in "Selected Writings," pt. 36, "Indian Culture and Here Lies," ed. Susan Sontag, 1976.
K: "The Theater and Its Double," ch. 6, 1938; tr. 1958.
   


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