Monthly Archive for May, 2009


Fighting with his wife, drunk, Paul Verlaine once threw their three-month-old son against a wall.


When Rembrandt’s possessions were sold at bankruptcy in 1656, they included paintings by Raphael, Giorgione, and van Eyck. And seventy-five Rembrants. And did not bring in enough to discharge the bankruptcy.


Emily Dickinson became so extravagantly reclusive in the second half of her life that for the last ten years she did not once leave her house.