French blog Au carrefour étrange has ceased its activities for the time being and started a new blog called French book covers which is illustrated with a chic cover photo  by the Italian designer and photographer Carlo Mollino. Its author, who goes by the pseudo of Losfeld, has a very extensive collection of books, running the gamut from surrealisttheory to sleazypaperbacks, what I like to call nobrow.
A recent post at this new blog featured cover art by French publishing house La Brigandine, for which Jahsonic regular Jean-Pierre Bouyxou has written novels under the pseudonym Georges Le Gloupier before that name was appropriated by the entarteurNoël Godin, a highschool buddy of Bouyxou. One particular of those novels is called Les Accidents de l’amer (Eng: Accidents of the Sea, or accidents of Bitterness, depending on where you place the apostrophe or blank space) and has one of the sexiest covers I’ve seen in some time, due to the particular areola shape of the woman depicted.
I cannot pinpoint (or haven’t tried) the date of these publications, but I would gather mid to late 1970s.
Trevor Brown reports on a friendly letter received by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye after Trevor had caught him plagiarizing his work in Delvoye’s tattooed pigs project.
To start your Monday musically, here is the video of “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” just a quick reminder that I like (some) of my black musicfunky (in its original meaning, smelly and dirty) as well as dangerous-sounding. “Crank Dat” has the most original use of the steel pan since Mad Professor‘s use of it in the early 1990s (I can’t remember the name of that album). Since its release in 2007 “Crank Dat,” which epitomizes the gangster sound, sold over three million copies.
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