Category Archives: Born this day

Beware the polished little man

“He was absolutely unbearable. Perhaps this was precisely what attracted us.”

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Beware the polished little man

“He was absolutely unbearable. Perhaps this was precisely what attracted us.”

Through the storm

A century since the “Witch of Kings Cross”, Rosaleen Norton, thundered into existence

Through the storm

A century since the “Witch of Kings Cross”, Rosaleen Norton, thundered into existence

Maya Deren at 100

“I am not greedy. I do not seek to possess the major portion of your days…”

Maya Deren at 100

“I am not greedy. I do not seek to possess the major portion of your days…”

Thedore Wratislaw: Fragments of a Life

D.J. Sheppard’s highly recommended biography of the elusive 1890s poet

Thedore Wratislaw: Fragments of a Life

D.J. Sheppard’s highly recommended biography of the elusive 1890s poet

Spring Trees

The lyrical prose of architect and designer August Endell, born in Berlin on this day in 1871

Spring Trees

The lyrical prose of architect and designer August Endell, born in Berlin on this day in 1871

The Surreal Century of Leonora Carrington

The belatedly recognised artist and writer, born 100 years ago today

The Surreal Century of Leonora Carrington

The belatedly recognised artist and writer, born 100 years ago today

Places: Nevill Holt

The birthplace and childhood home of Nancy Cunard

Places: Nevill Holt

The birthplace and childhood home of Nancy Cunard

La vie en Palais Rose

The collection of Boni de Castellane and Anna Gould

La vie en Palais Rose

The collection of Boni de Castellane and Anna Gould

Rinaldo Hopf: Klaus und Erika Mann (detail)

All I’ve got is a s-s-s-single bed

Klaus Mann entertains gentlemen callers in a new Berlin exhibition which also addresses sister Erika

Rinaldo Hopf: Klaus und Erika Mann (detail)

All I’ve got is a s-s-s-single bed

Klaus Mann entertains gentlemen callers in a new Berlin exhibition which also addresses sister Erika

Pearls: Erika Mann

“An investigation has been going on that could not help casting doubts upon my character…”

Pearls: Erika Mann

“An investigation has been going on that could not help casting doubts upon my character…”

Working the room

British poet David Gascoyne, born 100 years ago today, lets his dinner – and his date – go cold as he pursues Charles Henri Ford into the Montparnassian night…

Working the room

British poet David Gascoyne, born 100 years ago today, lets his dinner – and his date – go cold as he pursues Charles Henri Ford into the Montparnassian night…

Dress-down Friday: Bryher

A startlingly contemporary vision in between-the-wars film

Dress-down Friday: Bryher

A startlingly contemporary vision in between-the-wars film

Moondog’s century

Happy hundredth birthday to the Viking of 6th Avenue

Moondog’s century

Happy hundredth birthday to the Viking of 6th Avenue

Flaneur through modernity

Harry Graf Kessler, “one of the most cosmopolitan men who ever lived” (with the world’s worst gaydar)

Flaneur through modernity

Harry Graf Kessler, “one of the most cosmopolitan men who ever lived” (with the world’s worst gaydar)

Sechs

2,191 days of biographical marginalia (yes, I remembered the leap year…)

Sechs

2,191 days of biographical marginalia (yes, I remembered the leap year…)

Befuddled oracle

A “presence rather than a human being”: Princess Violette Murat

Befuddled oracle

A “presence rather than a human being”: Princess Violette Murat