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  • Keith Bormuth

    I really enjoyed this piece. I have never had whole allegiance with much of the Surrealists' beliefs or practices, except for Bataille (who arguably elevated their pursuit with a more significant magnitude, even before he disbanded from the group) or Caillois. I also wouldn't encourage what the Surrealists perceived as the unrestricted upheaval of the unconscious by way of writing, especially now, where textual babble is par for the social network course (also, spam bots that napalm chat rooms have a peculiar cameo here, the internet's automatic writing?). The "collective hallucination" as you so greatly put it seems to be found already and directly in behaviors that currently are considered reasonably logical, like user engagement, participation, sharing, blogging ... the new and magnificent, open-sourced subjectivism. I would be interested in your thoughts on Barthes and the Death of the Author in relation to the current cimate's use of rhetoric. And I appreciate your paragraph on popular fiction as a function of order; it would be a great investigation to ask what is a derangement of the senses now? I don't know if automatic writing is enough, or even if as a process it contains anything unexpected and new now?