Genius and Heroin: The Illustrated Catalogue of Creativity, Obsession, and Reckless Abandon Through the Ages
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...more
One might assume by just looking at the main title that the book is about specifically heroin addicts. Famous heroin addicts. Genius heroin addicts. But in fact if you read the fine print you'll discover that it's more of a vice thing. Less specific. Any vice/addiction/obsession will do. Obviously the point is to point out a potential connection between artistic genius and peculiaritiesc-whether it be drug addiction, obsession, eccentricities, etc. whi...more
Anyway, the book says its about drugs or sexual obsessions that lead to death, but the book quickly expands out to people who were just obsessed with working a lot or obsessed with somebody and eventually died, sometimes because of their obsessions, and som...more
Instead, this was a collection of short blurbs on people of varying degrees of fame, artistic success, and creative bent, with particular focus on how they died. While interesting, it strayed rather far from the implications of the title (not all of the people listed died from any particular action...more
What Befalls a Legend Most?
The Addictions, Afflictions and Predilections of Some of History’s Greats
By John Hood
It’s generally believed that what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. But isn’t there a time when that which does kill us makes us stronger, too? When the bad we do to ourselves makes us better at what we do? I mean, specifically, drink and drugs, and the sometimes fatal amounts of both that certain creati...more
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...more
This book is great for those interested in the history of people and the macabre, both of which I find truly fascinating.
"Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an after-life." - Arianna Sstassinopoulous
I did not think that his thought process was completely organize when he started. In my opinion his writing seemed unorganized.