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René Magritte: Merchant Banker Masters His Mental Powers at Walton-on-the-Naze

image of Rene Magritte's Son of Man

While an art historian will tell you this 1964 painting is called “The Son of Man”, and is meant to be a meditation on what is hidden in the visible world, they are of course, hiding the dreadful truth.

Since the early days of the 20th century, Britain’s merchant bankers have controlled the world economy through their prodigious mental powers. A favourite training ground for this activity was the Essex seaside resort of Walton-on-the-Naze, mostly because of the heavy absurdium deposits in the region, but also because of the lovely beach and nice weather.

Absurdium, as all psionic adepts know, greatly enhances even the most latent mental powers, and so, The Ancient Order of Merchant Bankers would send all their most promising members to enhance and train their abilities. They could only graduate when they could perform the “apple in the eye” trick, pictured here. While this may seem like a simple bit of levitation, you will note that the banker’s left arm is now bent backwards at the elbow.

Not pictured: the beach filled with non-banker holidaymakers bursting into flames, though Magritte does allude to this horror by filling the sunny sky with dark, human-smudge clouds.

Naturally, the Ancient Order no longer uses this ritual, and since discovering the derivative and credit-default swaps, it appears as though its members’ prodigious mental powers have largely disappeared.

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Alltop loves the derivative! Originally published December 2010.

René Magritte: Meditations on the Nether Beast From Dimension X

This is not a pipe
Many have taken this iconic painting by the Belgian surrealist to be a commentary on the treacherous nature of the image — it makes you believe one thing, while hiding the reality of the image beneath.

The caption, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” or “This is not a pipe” is factually accurate — it is, in fact, a painting of a pipe. Magritte himself once said, “of course it’s not a pipe you cretin, just try to fill it with pipe-weed.” (Magritte was an immense fan of the Tolkien oeuvre, which he read in its entirety, about a decade before it was written.)

Of course, Magritte was lying.

In his home dimension, it was quite possible to fill a painting of a pipe with “smokables” and enjoy a good puff while watching the Nether Beast destroy ancient civilizations, the concept of solitude, and a slice of cheesecake slathered in raspberry confit.

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Alltop has no idea what confit is, but it sounds tasty, as does Nether anything.