Great Philosophy

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."-Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Genius and Heroin by Michael Largo

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

This is a very well-researched encyclopedia of famous people (actors, authors, artists, musicians, statesmen, etc) who have been addicted to something throughout their lives. The addiction may be drugs, alcohol, notoriety, food, etc.

It seems that genius does seem to evoke an addictive personality. From Art Acord to Stefan Zweig, the sense of yearning for perfection from the individuals written about here is almost tangible.

The book is definitely informative and an interesting read. Unfortunately, I have some curiosity as to the non-inclusion of certain notable people who seemed to have the same proclivities such as Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison, John Belushi, etc.

I have definitely found a persuasion to read more of Michael Largo's non-fiction writings.

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