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Neurosurgeon/poet slices up Dali

Dr. Michael Salcman [click on the image here to see him read his poem “Envy”], a neurosurgeon and published poet (his work has been reviewed in the journal Rattle and in Wikipedia) in Baltimore, Maryland, performed surgery on artist Salvador Dali, at least in print:

Raphaelesque Head Exploding, Salvador Dali,” Michael Salcman, Neurosurgery, Volume 38(1), January 1996, p 225. Dr. Salcman reports: “What if you married a meticulous old-masterish, old-fashioned, oil-based technique, identical in every way to that used by Jan van Eyck (c. 1370-1440), the putative inventor of oil painting, to the depiction of everyday objects in apparently dream-like conjunctions and unworldly combinations? What if you based your entire artistic career on the Freudian implications of the Comte de Lautreamont’s famous description in Les Chants de Maldoror (1868), which described an English boy as being “as beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella?” What if your appetite for fame and notoriety was so insatiable and your hunger for money so great that the high pope of surrealism himself, Andre Breton, was led to coin from your name the most infamous anagram in art history, Avida Dollars?”

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