Category Archives: Died this day
An introduction to the privations and obsessions of a singular visionary.
The baroness offers punctuation as unusual as her itinerary
“Did he really invent an orchestra of perfumes, an orchestra of liqueurs, on which he could play the subtlest harmonies of the senses?”
“There was a bullet hole in his right temple, and a bullet hole in her left temple. His free arm was wrapped languidly around her neck, and their left hands were clasped. They faced each other…”
For rigorous elegance and fuss-free chic you really can’t go past Left Bank Lesbohemia.
“Both were influcenced by witchcraft and the occult tradition of western magic, both utilised trance states, and both believed that the realm of the gods had its own intrinsic existence…”
“He attached great importance to dressing well, considering his friend Richard Dehmel’s predilection for gaudy ties to be something of a moral failing.”
“In the beginning was the word. Once we know the words, we are halfway to ruling the world…”
If my extensive knowledge (read: brief Googling) of Swiss copyright law is correct, Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s work enters the public domain today.
“In an era of uniformity, of wartime austerity, his appearance ensured that he was as conspicuous as a Technicolor interloper in a monochrome movie. “
The 1995 documentary Speak of the Devil addresses the life and lore of Satanist Anton LaVey, who died 15 years ago today.
“He had so completely accepted Chris’s poses in the place of Chris’s soul, that he did not dare to enquire after the latter. They were as formidable footmen who always said ‘Not at home’ with an air of personal grievance.”