In these trying times, looking to art and history gives me a temporary feeling of solace. It not only lets me search the ideas of the past that have enabled humanity to survive this long, but it also provides me a kind of shelter in this storm the way that fiction always has. At this point, I turn to Surrealism, the idea of our unconscious states taking over — the dreamlike hallucinations and encounters produced in art that offers a distraction and even meaning in our current quarantined state.

About a century ago, a cultural movement was starting to take…

Anton Astudillo

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