Famous People Articles
"How lovely yellow is!" - Vincent Van Gogh
Knowledge is Necessity. Virginia Woolf's body fished out of the water, weighted down by stones. Van Gogh cradled in the arms of his brother at age 37, a thousand Starry Nights never to be painted, Sylvia Plath with the gas on and her kids in the next room, Marilyn Monroe found in a state of partial rigor mortis, forever young. These are tragic pictures of brilliant lives cut short.
But we also include people who led very successful lives, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt ...
The purpose of this section is to gain insight into the gift and curse that is our illness. We truly have wings, but beware of the melting wax.
Also on display are some heroes and one villain of psychiatry. Their stories chronicle how our understanding of human nature and the mind has changed over the years - and is still changing. Only by studying the past can we make intelligent guesses about where our thinking may be headed.
The pic to illustrate Famous is a section from one of Warhol's "Marilyn" prints. Marilyn's iconic status made her a no-brainer to lead the parade of notables chronicled here. Warhol's recasting of the same image in different shades suggests that what you see is not necessarily what you get.
Brilliant Lives Cut Short
Transcendent, Visionary, Heroic, Depressed
The Sound and the Fury
On the Wacky and Wild Side
Two American Tragedies
Call Them Disturbed