This year, like the last several years, promises many thrills for those of us who love the Marx Brothers. To the pile of recent excellent Marx books, we can add Giraffes on Horseback Salad, a graphic novel from Josh Frank, Manuela Pertega, and Tim Heidecker, which explores the Salvador Dali Marx Brothers project that never was. For this episode of the podcast, Mr. Frank joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about the book, Dali's interest in the Marxes (especially Harpo), and the relationship between the Marxes and the surrealist art movement.
Official description: "Author Josh Frank joins us to discuss his upcoming graphic novel, Giraffes on Horseback Salad, an adaptation of Salvador Dali’s 1937 proposed screenplay for the Marxes. Later, we delve into surrealism and its relation to Marx Brothers humor, along with their appeal to the intellectuals of the day. Unfortunately, Roscoe W. Chandler was not able to join us, but is there in spirit."
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- Giraffes on Horseback Salad will be available in March, in hardcover and e-book editions, and you can pre-order it right now.
- Visit horsebacksaladbook.com and the Giraffes on Horseback Salad Facebook page for information about upcoming book events in multiple cities.
- Antonin Artaud on Animal Crackers and Monkey Business
- Francis Birrell and Philippe Soupault on Horse Feathers
- Martin Esselin on Ionesco and the Marxes
- Watch Dali and Luis Buñuel's surrealist short Un Chien Andalou (1929)
- Watch Dali's dream sequence from Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945)