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Guillaume Apollinaire::

Guillaume Apollinaire:: French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish descent.

Portrait of Charles Baudelaire, French poet whose writing was dismissed as decadent, and who then embraced that term, as did the contra-conventional writers and artists who called after him.  (Photo by Nadar)

Portrait of Charles Baudelaire, French poet whose writing was dismissed as decadent, and who then embraced that term, as did the contra-conventional writers and artists who called after him. (Photo by Nadar)

Baudelaire

April 1821 – August was a French poet who produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers o

Haruki Murakami.  The 3rd part of 1Q84 was a disappointment. After a long wait for this book (part  3 of the book), I felt that Murakami, whom I admire, wrapped up his monumental book with coarse stitches, turning it to a romance/love story, and left out all the science fiction aspect. But this is Murakami, never satisfying his readers with some reasonable end.

Haruki Murakami, Japanese novelist known for his extensive use of Western pop culture references which spin off into a crazy form of postmodern pastiche, turns 63 today…

Giuseppe Verdi and Francesco Tamagno Photographic Print

Giuseppe Verdi and Francesco Tamagno Photographic Print