How Not to Love in Quarantine


When our viral circumstance had successfully crossed the Atlantic it occurred to me that, if nothing else, this would provide a new frame of reference for any future Supervert publication. (And given the gravity of the situation, if that suggestion sounds like bad taste then you should know that one of the first Supervert publications was Necrophilia Variations.) Sure enough, How Not to Love in Quarantine does exactly this, with typical care and attention to detail in the production as well as the writing: each page is contaminated with inky red fingerprints. I don’t know whether this is for general sale or for aficionados only but the curious are advised to direct their inquiries here.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Empire Creep Joint
Reverbstorm at Supervert
Hysterical Literature

5 thoughts on “How Not to Love in Quarantine”

  1. I remember running across that author/group a while back – so glad to see it mentioned here!

    (+ friendly regards to this site in general from a lurker. love what you post!)

  2. You asked quite a long time ago about Dekorative Vorbilder. This is a link for google digitised books
    (the downloads are free if in the public domain, take this one for example
    click on the cogwheel at the top right, don’t pay attention to the column left)
    The Google digitalisation is not a very good quality, but better than some Gallica editions, so I got Art & Decoration from here

    I can dig up more art nouveau links from various sources if you are interested

  3. kradeelav: Thanks!

    Franciska: Thanks also, but I avoid Google scans like the proverbial plague. The Internet Archive is full of their books, complete with pages blurred or covered by the fingertips of the scanners, and often with any graphics or illustrations auto-removed.

    What I’ve always been looking for is copyright-free material that’s a) easy to access, and b) of sufficient quality that it could be adapted for use in my own work, should I need it. The University of Heidelberg has for a while had a few issues of Dekorative Vorbilder available which fill both these requirements. I’m hoping they may eventually upload a complete set:

  4. I did not mention yet that your site has been in my favorites for years now. I like what you do.
    I collect art nouveau myself, and maybe have a more graphical preference where your style is more luscious. But maybe these resources are new and of interest for you (has several titles, but hard to search)
    (one site I like is SLUB, but it is under construction now, has the above title and many more)

  5. Thanks again. I like all styles of Art Nouveau/Jugendstil, from the strange plant forms of the French and Belgians to the more abstract arrangements of the Austrians. One of the good things about the present time is being able to find whole publications that were previously only known through the few examples that would turn up in books. I look at the Internet Archive and the Heidelberg posting on a regular basis, and I also visit Gallica but I’m less familiar with other sources. So any tips are most welcome.

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