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  •  Salvador dali's diary of a genius is a favorite of (3+ / 0-)
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    Mine.  In the form of a diary, Dali talks about his thought processes while painting masterpieces like cubist Christ and William tell and the rhinoceros horn Vermeer.  Absolutely fascinating.  He talks about drawing inspiration from Fish scales to get the luminescence right on Christs fingernails, about being able to tell the difference between types of flies that would crawl on him with his own local flies being cleaner than ordinary Spanish flies, his relationship with other surrealists (not good) and his love for his wife gala.  Great book.

    Hemingways moveable feast about writing in Paris in the 20s is also a long time favorite.

    Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

    by No Exit on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 07:23:31 AM PST

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    •  I Have "The Secret Life of Salvador Dali" (3+ / 0-)
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      which I bought at the Dali Museum in St. Pete, FL many years ago.

      It begins. . .

      At the age of six I wanted to be a cook.  At seven I wanted to be Napoleon,  And my ambition has grown steadily ever since.

      Stendhal somewhere quotes the remark of an Italian princess who was eating ice cream with enormous relish one hot evening.  "Isn't it too bad this is not a sin!" she exclaimed.  When I was six, it was a sin for me to eat food of any kind in the kitchen.  Going into this part of the house was one of the few things categorically forbidden me by my parents.  I would stand around for hours, my mouth watering, till I saw my chance to sneak into that place of enchantment; and while the maids stood by and screamed with delight, I would snatch a piece of raw meat or a broiled mushroom on which I would nearly choke but which, to me, had the marvelous flavor, the intoxicating quality, that only fear and guilt can impart.

      Reading those lines, how I wish I'd known the man personally.  For a few years we lived contemporaneously.  That was enough to produce in me a fascination for his art, his eccentricity, and his person.

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      by Limelite on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 07:34:28 AM PST

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      •  Sounds very similar to diary of a genius... (3+ / 0-)
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        Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

        by No Exit on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 07:43:15 AM PST

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