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In Zurich, Switzerland in 1915 a crazy group of artists and performers began the uproarious Cabaret Voltaire and thus launched the beginning of DaDa, the penultimate anti-art movement. My guest tonight ANDREI CONDRESCU, is a writer, Professor of English at Lousiana State University and a National Public Radio commentator. Professor Condrescu has written: “today, almost everything you’re wearing or thinking that gives you the slightest bit of subversive pleasure comes from a dead Dadaist.” Tonight on Inquiry, Professor Condrescu explains DaDa, talks about DaDa’s Romanian roots, and gives blow by blow details of when DaDaist Tristan Tzara played chess with Communist Party founder Lenin in Zurich in 1916. Andrei Condrescu’s entertaining and supremely DaDaist manifesto is titled THE POSTHUMAN DADA GUIDE: TZARA AND LENIN PLAY CHESS.