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Oil and Water for the Spiral Jetty, Surrealism on the block and the Mating Habits of Librarians


by Jerome Weeks 6 Feb 2008

Andre Breton’s Surrealist Manifesto from 1924 — the only hand-written copy of the 21-page document — is up for auction in London. The widow of artist Robert Smithson fears that the State of Utah will permit oil drilling in the Great Salt Lake, endangering Smithson’s famous “Spiral Jetty.” She’s sent out an e-mail alert to […]

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Andre Breton’s Surrealist Manifesto from 1924 — the only hand-written copy of the 21-page document — is up for auction in London. The widow of artist Robert Smithson fears that the State of Utah will permit oil drilling in the Great Salt Lake, endangering Smithson’s famous “Spiral Jetty.” She’s sent out an e-mail alert to arts bloggers to protest the decision by 7 p.m. today, Wednesday.

And every year, flocks of the species commonly known as librarians migrate to a single spot to feed, mingle, send e-mails, drink coffee and possibly mate.

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  • Ilan Goddard

    LOL! Thank you Gerome! I first thought there was a typo when I read about “the species commonly known as ‘librarians’…”and then …I “got it!” Nick Baker’s ” March of the Librarians” is a tastefully humorous and delightfully clever parody of the award wining “March of the Penguins”. The writing, narration and and score had me laughing aloud from beginning to end.