Conversations with Picasso (1999) by Brassaï—published by the University of Chicago Press—is a translation by Jane Marie Todd of the original French text which draws a verbal portrait of the painter Pablo Picasso based on conversations which take place from 1939 to 1962. The conversations with Picasso include discussions with Brassaï, Jaime Sabartés, Henri Michaux, Françoise Gilot, Dora Maar, Paul Eluard, Nusch Eluard, André Malraux, Henry Miller, Henri Matisse, and other well known writers and artists who visited Pablo Piccaso's studio. Readers of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz and other poems (2004) by Pablo Picasso will recognize the charming personality who has stayed true to his art esthetics, always going further in his exploration of abstraction. Brassaï, the well known photographer from Hungary, visited with Pablo Picasso at his studio on Rue des Grands-Augustins where he was invited to photograph Pablo Picasso's sculptures for a book. Conversations with Picasso (1999) by Brassaï is the result of a friendship that went on for years, and is a classic portrait of the most well known painter of the 20th Century in conversations that show the courage and esthetic appreciation of those who stayed on in Paris during the war years and after.
David Detrich lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he has just completed The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares. This year he is working on Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography, a monumental Surrealist novel written with innovative typographical design. His first novel Big Sur Marvels & Wondrous Delights (2001) is available from Amazon. He is the editor of Innovative Fiction Magazine and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations.