"If I were to take inspiration from some experimental writers and artists of the early 20th century, I’d simply rap my fingers against the keyboard without conscious control. The surrealists called this automatic writing, and they used it to tap into the subconscious “in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern,” as the poet André Breton wrote. The results were often hilarious or just laughable, but then again quite a few writers groping for lucidity achieve exactly the same effect."
Does surrealism have a contemporary parallel?
Margaret Dumont, born today in 1882, was a small-time stage actress and singer before catching her big break as Mrs. Potter, a wealthy, posh-voiced widow in the Marx Brothers’ 1925 Broadway production of The Cocoanuts. Dumont played a nearly identical role in seven of the Marx Brothers’ next films: always the straight woman, always Groucho’s foil.