Posted: Jun 6, 2006 5:07 pm
Oh you poor misguided girl...
All the greatest artists are lonely, self-destructive drug addicts:
In the literary world, Dylan Thomas, Henry Melville, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Kerouac, Burroughs, Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Lucy Greely, and yes, Lester Bangs are just the tip of the iceberg.
Comedians like Lenny Bruce, Mitch Hedberg, John Belushi, Chris Farley, and just about every other big guy who's appeared on SNL, and Sam Kinison.
Artists including Van Gogh, Basquiat, and Modigliani.
Musicians: Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Thunders, Hank Wiliams, Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix, Sid Vicious, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Bix Beiderbecke, James Booker, John Bonham, Tim Buckley, Kurt Cobain, Darby Crash, Nick Drake, Pete Farndon and James Honeyman Scott, Gene Vincent, Keith Whitley, Danny Gatton, Alan Wilson, Tim Hardin, Helno, Rick James, Frankie Lymon, Phil Lynott, Steve Mariott, Little Esther Phillips, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, ELVIS, Robert Quine, David Ruffin, DeeDee Ramone, Gram Parsons, Joe Pass, Art Pepper, Bon Scott, Screaming Lord Sutch, Will Shater, Hillel Slovak, Epic Soundtracks and more...
Actors: Montgomery Clift, Dorothy Dandridge, WC Fields, Judy Garland, Bela Lugosi, Marilyn Monroe, River Phoenix, Freddie Prinze, Jean Seberg, Edie Sedgwick, Margaret Sullavan, Inger Stevens, Natalie Wood, and Lupe Velez.
Even me -- I overdosed on morphine with the assistance of my personal physician.
But my dear, what does this incredible fraternity of lonely, self destructive drug addicts have in common?
We are the greatest stylists of their generations, the superbly talented, narcissistic iconoclastic legends. We are the avatars of creativity and talent that everyone else is measured against.
Now, Uncle Sigmund isn't recommending that you run out and buy a dime bag, a case of whiskey, or a syringe, but he does recommend that you learn how to recognize and respect greatness. Otherwise, next time, it might just bite you in that apple-shaped ass!
One hundred guldens please, you may pay on your way out.