Sarah's Reviews > Genius and Heroin: The Illustrated Catalogue of Creativity, Obsession, and Reckless Abandon Through the Ages

Genius and Heroin by Michael Largo
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Dec 28, 08

bookshelves: non-fiction, biographyish
Read in December, 2008

The problem with reserving books from the library sight unseen is that they're not always what you expect. I was expecting more of a general look at the all-too-often self-destructive nature of genius.

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 actions of their own; the appellation "genius" is used so liberally as to be meaningless).

A good book of trivia for a waiting room or a bathroom, but not the sort of thing I like to sit down with and read straight through.
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