Our current situation lives up to a word that had lost all meaning.

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“Expectation” (1935) by Richard Oelze

Not since irony has a concept been as abused in popular usage as surrealism. Once a calculated attempt to escape the logic that produced the mechanized horrors of a world war, “surreal” now roughly means “strange.” Typically it is used to describe what it feels like to be on television.

In part, this is a measure of the movement’s popular success. Through figures like Salvador Dali, surrealism became a brand — like Warhol’s pop art — that came to mean simply “out of the ordinary.” When the expected is exceeded in ways we cannot immediately describe, we grasp for the next level. The 11 on the reality scale. This is surreal.


Miles Gloriosus

Just another boastful soldier.

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