Whenever I discuss his films with other people, they always say that this is their least favourite. Or worse, they just haven't seen it!
If you had shown me the painting above before I knew about this artist, I definitely would have thought it was a Leonora Carrington piece.
Cover design: Mike Russell
“A naked, white-skinned boy names Sydney lay on his back on a white bed in the centre of a white room.”
Strungballs is an extraordinary novella from Strange Books author Mike Russell. What are Strungballs? Ten-year-old Sydney is about to find out… but first he must have a cube of his flesh removed. Sydney will transgress everything he was taught to believe in when he embarks upon a journey that will reveal the astonishing secrets hidden by the red balls on white strings known only as… Strungballs. Inspiring, liberating, otherworldly, magical, surreal, bizarre, funny, disturbing, unique… all of these words have been used to describe the stories of Mike Russell…
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Our final short story is Nelson Slade Bond's (1908-2006) Lighter Than You Think. lighter than you think by NELSON BOND SOME JOKER in the dear, dead days now virtually beyond recall won two-bit immortality by declaring that, "What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar." Which is, of course, Victorian malarkey. What this country really … Continue reading 5 Days of Short Stories. 5: Lighter Than You Think by Nelson S. Bond
Kahlo This week's Wednesday painting is Mexican painter Frieda Kahlo's Frieda and Diego Rivera. Medium: oil on canvas Dimensions: 39 3/8 in. x 31 in. (100.01 cm x 78.74 cm) “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” —Frida Kahlo Initially Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was the big … Continue reading The Wednesday Painting – Frieda and Diego Rivera (1931) by Frieda Kahlo
Title: Nothing is Strange
Author: Mike Russell
Genre: Fiction, short stories, surrealism
Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ★★★★☆
Summary: A couple wants to prove that their love is real. A man clones himself. An audience waits patiently for a woman to escape a locked wooden crate. A man shows off his beard of transparent bees. These are just a few of the 20 short stories included in this bizarre, mind-expanding collection.
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A Diagnosis of Death by Ambrose Bierce 'I am not so superstitious as some of your physicians - men of science, as you are pleased to be called,' said Hawver, replying to an accusation that had not been made. 'Some of you - only a few, I confess - believe in the immortality of the … Continue reading 5 Days of Short Stories. 4: A Diagnosis of Death by Ambrose Bierce
Claudio Parentela is an Italian artist and freelance journalist. I love his work - it's so fun, colourful and original. I highly recommend checking out his website, as there are hundreds of amazing images to look at. You can also find his contact details there if you're interested in purchasing some unique art! a short … Continue reading The Curious Art of Claudio Parentela
Our third short story is Mike Russell's Flock. Flock Anthony Tobias Bradshaw sits, as usual, on the 7:00 a.m. train, on his way to work. Dressed in his black raincoat, pin-striped suit, white shirt, black tie and black shoes, Anthony Tobias Bradshaw reads the morning newspaper, either nodding or shaking his head in agreement … Continue reading 5 Days of Short Stories. 3: Flock by Mike Russell
If there's one artist whose work lends itself best to animated gifs, it has to be Jan Svankmajer. Enjoy these hilarious and beautiful mini pieces of art!