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December 10, 2004

Ubu Roi Day!

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"On this day in 1896, Alfred Jarry's avant-garde play, Ubu Roi, opened and closed in Paris. When Ubu came on stage with a large target drawn on his belly, a toilet-brush for a scepter, and the play's opening line of "Merdre!" there was a 15-minute riot. W. B. Yeats was present, and later summarized the new style in prophetic terms: "After us the Savage God." "

Of course he spawned the great Akron band "Pere Ubu" (cf The Home of Ubu Projex
) as well. And a lot of poetics silliness such as the Ubu boys.

Posted by jason at December 10, 2004 08:35 AM