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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent little product, 31 Jan. 2017
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An excellent little product. I have seen reviews of some of thes efilters that suggest they don't fit very well into the bayonet of the Aeropress. My Koffi disc fits perfectly, it still screws up nicely and there's no problems at all. It seems well made and rubust, considering the fineness of the mesh and it does improve the taste of the coffee, in my experience, noticably, but not as drastically as some people have suggested. This of course can be a very subjective thing and might vary according to which coffee one uses.


The Surrealism Reader: An Anthology of Ideas
The Surrealism Reader: An Anthology of Ideas
by Dawn Ades
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An unprecedented and important publication, 2 Mar. 2016
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An unprecedented collection of texts, really important for understanding surrealism, from a wide range of authors. All the editors deserve praise and a congratulation to the Tate for publishing this. Many of the authors will not be familiar to the average reader, but are important within surrealism and had important things to say about the movement's perspectives. They include Annie Le Brun, Vincent Bounoure, Roger Caillois and Vratislav Effenberger as well as better known writers such as Breton and Aragon.
It's nicely and solidly produced and has some good and unusual illustrations, including Emila Medkova, among the most important post-war surrealist photographers.


Surrealism Against the Current: Tracts and Declarations
Surrealism Against the Current: Tracts and Declarations
by Michael Richardson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those essential books., 29 Feb. 2016
One of those essential books. If you have a serious interest in surrealism you really need this collection of tracts, which ranges from some of the earliest collective statements of the Surrealist Movement to some of its most recent and from several countries. It includes not only texts from the French group, but from the groups in the Czech lands, Romania, Sweden...and includes illuminating commentaries by the two foremost editors and translators of surrealist texts.
No other book illustrates so well the collective expression of surrealism as a continuing and evolving movement.


The People of Goda
The People of Goda
by Shani Oates
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has been described as "unprecedented", which is ..., 24 Nov. 2015
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This book has been described as "unprecedented", which is certainly true. It is rather more roughly written than Shani's other books and does present some problems for a reader who either knows little of the teachings of the Clan of Tubal Cain or has strong preconceptions as to what those teachings and cultural contexts might be. For me, as a practitioner of a related stream it certainly was often surprising and it upset more than a few of my own preconceptions. More than anything, this is an exploration of the Clan's cosmology, revealing much that grows from Norse roots.
I think that many have assumed that Clan of Tubal Cain were Celtic in inspiration because of Cochrane's use of The White Goddess and especially the Welsh druidic/bardic strain in that book. However, it should be fairly clear that Cochrane was using a source that people outseide the clan could relate to without giving away all the trade secrets. The most important point might be that The White Goddess encapsulates a poetic method which is at the heart of true craft.
Worth mentioning too that this book does not reveal a Norse Reconstructionism, but rather a stream that flows from Norse cultural roots, taking in many influences without becoming merely eclectic. Read in connection with Shani's other books, this volume becomes increasingly illuminating and, despite some difficulties, is well worth presevering with.


The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism: Origins, Magic, and Secret Societies
The Esoteric Secrets of Surrealism: Origins, Magic, and Secret Societies

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential book, the best in English., 15 Oct. 2015
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Although I don't have time for a full review of this book at present, I'd like to say this is the best book you are going to find on the subject in English at present. It shows a huge enthusiasm for its subject and, although Patrick Lepetit does not write in an academic manner, he does show great scholarship and wide erudition as well as a deep understanding of surrealism.
On the subject of depth, the sheer breadth of Lepetit's account prevents him from going too deeply into every aspect of this intimate relationship between surrealism and esotericism, he is sometimes far more descriptive than analytical, it is a bravura presentation of the subject as a whole rather than a depth analysis of particular aspects of it. However, this does not mean the text lacks depth. It is very readable, even if it might seem a bit formidable at first glance and it is enjoyable, unlike many books written by academics, especially academics writing on surrealism.


Touching and Imagining: An Introduction to Tactile Art (International Library of Modern and Contemporary Art)
Touching and Imagining: An Introduction to Tactile Art (International Library of Modern and Contemporary Art)
by Jan Svankmajer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensual imagination, 9 Jun. 2015
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A marvellous book, a translation into English of Svankmajer's tactile experiments, including texts and images from other members of the Czech and Slovak Surealist Group. It gives an insight into the activity of a group that was perating in a semi-clandestine manner at the time of these experiments (the 1970s in Communist Czechoslovakia) as well as into the imaginative functions of Svankmajer's film-making


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The product itself is excellent, a clear soap that smells quite strongly of Citronella and does a good job of cleaning and softening leather. The only reason I have not given this 5 stars is the packaging is flimsy and started to break up straight away. I'm used to the old tins of saddle soap where the tin would last much longer than the soap. It's a shame because this really is good stuff and pleasnt to use.


Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed
Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed
by Evan John Jones
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to return to, 22 May 2013
I must admit that when I first read this book, about 15 years ago now, I was a little bit disappointed. It seemed a bit flat and also had a feel of being more like an alternative version of Wicca rather than definitely something older or more genuine or deeper. Experience has shown me that this is actually a book that opens itself slowly to the attentive reader, giving more each time. I do not usually read it through these days, but consult it regularly.

When it was published it was the only book of its kind and the only substantial representation of "the Cochrane tradition" in print. Since then much has been published, not only othe rbooks by Evan John Jones, but also his successor Shani Oates and by other 'traditionalists' such as Nigel Jackson among others. They all throw a different light upon this volume, expand upon its material and explain much that might otherwise be misunderstood.

According to what I have heard, Llewellyn would not publish John's manuscript in its original form, but insisted on it being edited by Doreen Valiente. Even if this is a slightly wrong explanation, it has to be said that Valiente's fingerprints are all over the book and given her role in the creation of Wicca as we know it, this accounts for the sometimes rather wiccan flavour of the text.

However, Valiente knew a great deal about 'Robert Cochrane' and the Tubal Cain tradition and she was an old friend of Evan John Jones, so she was probably the best person for him to collaborate with at that time. Anybody who reads John's other books, studies the 'Cochrane letters' and reads Shani Oates' books can return to the present volume and find in it a gold mine of information, hints and hidden meanings. It really is that rich and it is essential reading.
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Compulsive Beauty (October Books)
Compulsive Beauty (October Books)
by Hal Foster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.04

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Surrealism in a distorting mirror, 20 Mar. 2013
I must admit it is some years since I read Hal Foster's book, but as it popped up while I was searching for something else and I saw it had been given a five-star review I thought I would add some comments of my own. Although it was quite influential in the years after it was published, affecting the views of various academics regarding surrealism, it does not give an accurate picture, either of surrealism or of the relationship of various writers in relation to surrealism. In some cases this is due to a particular kind of cropping. The enmity between Breton and Bataille for instance, while true enough at one point, discussed in great detail here, ended, strangely enough in friendship and various collaborations. (See Michael Richardson's book "Georges Bataille" on this.
The greatest problem for me is Foster's theorising of two surrealist groups, the Bretonian and the Bataillean. This is quite inaccurate, there was only one surrealism and the Documents group was a heterogeneous mix of ex-surrealists and non-surrealists, the latter predominating. To be slightly more precise about this, the concept of two groups is quite useful once you realise it is a fiction as if does set out a tension, both in surrealism and in French intellectual life at the time, but it is, I emphasise, a fiction.
Foster has it in for Breton and favours Bataille, but, according to Richardson for most surrealists there is no contradictionbetween them in that they are understood as the opposite poles of the surrealist spirit. Foster's anti-Breton attitude is, or was, very common among some intellectuals of the Left and seems to me mostly a prejudice against somebody who, as Marcel Duchamp said, was a man "who believed in love in an age that believed in prostitution".


Surrealism & the Occult
Surrealism & the Occult
by Nadia Choucha
Edition: Paperback

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than useless, 28 July 2010
This book is badly researched and utterly misleading in its claims and conclusions, fails to give good information because the author has not researched it properly. Possibly the worst book published by Mogg Morgan's usually excellent Mandrake Press.

Apparently the author wrote the book as an undergraduate dissertation. She has not managed to grasp the role of Hermeticism, Alchemy and the Occult in surrealism, in part because she didn't ask a surrealist and in part because there's nothing substantial, written in English that would tell her. There are now more specific studies, one on Ernst and Alchemy for instance, but nothing general. I'd assume that Choucha was not able to look at French sources and the Czech ones were not available at that time in any case, but a considerable literature is there in French and pretty much contradicts her account.

Firstly, she simply does not understand surrealism and has insufficient knowledge to write a decent book on the subject, hence she misses out really important figures such as Victor Brauner.

Secondly, her grasp of magical tradition is limited to British, Golden Dawn/OTO derived sources and Austin Spare, none of which had much impact on French, Czech, Spanish, Roumanian etc. surrealists.

The book is shallow, shoddy and it would be a waste of any more of my time to say more.


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