An Open Entrance to the Shut Palace of Wrong Numbers

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Surrealist Editions, Jan 1, 2003 - Art - 177 pages
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Like everyone else, you dial and receive Wrong Numbers. But what do you make of them? And what do they make of you? What do these calls, universally regarded as irritating, tell us about the society we live in, about ourselves as individuals, and about the possibilities of social transformation. These are just a few of the many provocative questions raised by Rosemont in his new book. Along the way we are introduced to many 'Friends of Wrong Numbers' through the ages - Gnostics, heretics, alchemists, nonconformist thinkers, poets and jazz people, from Meister Eckhart, Eiranaeus Philalethese, and Giambattista Vico through Isidore Ducasse, Saint-Pol-Roux, and Neve Leona Boyd to Andre Breton, Sun Ra and Nicole Mitchell. A major contribution tot he critique of miserabilism and an uncompromising celebration of the Marvelous, this book helps chart the way toward a new and truly free society, ground in humankind's recovery of freedom now, poetry, equality, solidarity, generosity, ecological balance and the triumph of the pleasure principle! With drawings by Artur do Cruzeiro Seixas.

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Contents

THE STRANGEST WAY OF TALKING TO STRANGERS
1
Voices at the End of the Line
7
Truth Through Error
13
Copyright

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Franklin Rosemont was born on October 2, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois. His father, Henry, was a labor activist, and mother, Sally, a jazz musician. He edited and wrote an introduction for What is Surrealism?: Selected Writings of Andre Breton, and edited Rebel Worker, Arsenal/Surrealist Subversion, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE DIL PICKLE and Juice Is Stranger Than Friction: Selected Writings of T-Bone Slim. With Penelope Rosemont and Paul Garon he edited THE FORECAST IS HOT!. His work has been deeply concerned with both the history of surrealism (writing a forward for Max Ernst and Alchemy: A Magician in Search of Myth) and of the radical labor movement in America, for instance, writing a biography of Joe Hill. He died on April 12, 2009, in Chicago.

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