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Genius and Heroin: The Illustrated Catalogue of Creativity, Obsession, and Reckless Abandon Through the Ages

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What is the price of brilliance?

Why are so many creative geniuses also ruinously self-destructive? From Caravaggio to Jackson Pollack, from Arthur Rimbaud to Jack Kerouac, from Charlie Parker to Janis Joplin, to Kurt Cobain, and on and on, authors and artists throughout history have binged, pill-popped, injected, or poisoned themselves for their art. Fully illustrated and addictively readable, Genius and Heroin is the indispensable reference to the untidy lives of our greatest artists and thinkers, entertainingly chronicling how the notoriously creative lived and died—whether their ultimate downfalls were the result of opiates, alcohol, pot, absinthe, or the slow-motion suicide of obsession.

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"Largo (Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die) offers a kind of Ripley's Believe It or Not for the excess-obsessed teen in everyone. The title is misleading as the historical personages that populate its pages are not neccesarily brilliant nor junkies. Instead, Largo gives an alphabetical biographical listing of actors, authors and artists, politicians and Celtic queens, from the eternal (Van Gogh, Sappho, Charlie Parker) to the obscure (Art Acord, Berthold der Schwarz). The entries are layered between quotes and tangential factoids that include disquisitions on 'Moonshine Madness' and 'Cross-dressing Artists.' Largo's method of selecting his figures is somewhat arbitrary: this might be the first time in recorded history that Boudicca and Joseph McCarthy have shared a volume. The main criterion for inclusion seems to be having a degree of renown and a chemical dependency (although being passionate will do). The text is marred by broad generalizations, dubious metaphors and downright mistakes (Balzac was not 'the first writer of note addicted to caffeine'; Babel didn't come 'of age during the time of Stalin,' but years earlier). While there certainly is an abundance of obscure facts and characters, the quality of the biographical sketches is equally uneven (readers learn little more about Michelangelo, for example, than that the great man rarely bathed and painted the Sistine Chapel)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Michael Largo is the author of Genius and Heroin, The Portable Obituary, the Bram Stoker Award-winning Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die, and three novels. He lives in the United States.

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cajunbliss, February 28, 2012 (view all comments by cajunbliss)
A fascinating compendum of the lives of genius and famous people and their struggles with addiction often ending in tragedy. Are genius and madness on different sides of the same coin? Why do some of the brightest stars burn out so quickly? As always Michael Largo's books show us that truth is stranger then fiction. A must in any library.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061466410
Subtitle:
The Illustrated Catalogue of Creativity, Obsession, and Reckless Abandon Through the Ages
Author:
Largo, Michael
Author:
by Michael Largo
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Gifted persons
Subject:
Gifted persons - Mental health
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Biography-Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20081007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.02x5.54x.94 in. .93 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Harper Paperbacks - English 9780061466410 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Largo (Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die) offers a kind of Ripley's Believe It or Not for the excess-obsessed teen in everyone. The title is misleading as the historical personages that populate its pages are not neccesarily brilliant nor junkies. Instead, Largo gives an alphabetical biographical listing of actors, authors and artists, politicians and Celtic queens, from the eternal (Van Gogh, Sappho, Charlie Parker) to the obscure (Art Acord, Berthold der Schwarz). The entries are layered between quotes and tangential factoids that include disquisitions on 'Moonshine Madness' and 'Cross-dressing Artists.' Largo's method of selecting his figures is somewhat arbitrary: this might be the first time in recorded history that Boudicca and Joseph McCarthy have shared a volume. The main criterion for inclusion seems to be having a degree of renown and a chemical dependency (although being passionate will do). The text is marred by broad generalizations, dubious metaphors and downright mistakes (Balzac was not 'the first writer of note addicted to caffeine'; Babel didn't come 'of age during the time of Stalin,' but years earlier). While there certainly is an abundance of obscure facts and characters, the quality of the biographical sketches is equally uneven (readers learn little more about Michelangelo, for example, than that the great man rarely bathed and painted the Sistine Chapel)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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