A look at ''The Surrealism Server'' -- The website balances intellectual and fun content

By Bob Strauss
Updated July 28, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

A look at ”The Surrealism Server”

If the 1920s Surrealists were alive today, they’d surely be cruising the World Wide Web, where a click of the button can take you from a scholarly treatise on Eastern European politics to a page listing thousands of lightbulb jokes. The Surrealist Server pays the Salvador Dal? crowd appropriate homage, striking a balance between concrete, quasi-academic information (including links to Surrealist texts and art exhibitions) and various so-called ”Enigma Engines” — interactive Dadaist weirdnesses, such as an ongoing nonsensical story to which you can contribute via E-mail. And be sure to check out the Surrealist Compliment Generator, which spouted this feel-good sentiment for the day: ”Your cleverness ferments meat without the need of oxygen.” A