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steiner

He puts Hermes back in charge of hermeneutics.

nabokov-1

Vlad the Impaler was happy to play the role of an absent God.

Glen Campbell

A reach for beauty to the exclusion of the world itself.

charlotterae-eys

Before Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life!

RonnyElliott-MeaningToWrite

An avuncular yet urgent singer-songwriter.

lloyd

Acrobatic satire of American go-getter culture.

GeorgeTakei

An athletic, quick-witted sex symbol.

ader

A slim, reticent oeuvre.

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He wrote a funny, angry portrait of working-class life.

Merce-Cunningham

Movement is protagonist; dance’s meaning is action.

george steele

A green-tongued and hairy-backed icon.

Garry-Kasparov-by-cool-sports-players-3

In each of his fields of engagement, he stands for humanity.

dispatches

He divined messages from helmet and flak jacket inscriptions.

danes

She watches the world and reacts, viscerally, and she is us.

georges-franju

Dreaminess and lyricism in horror.

tiny-tim

He gave himself to Tiny Tim, and Tiny gave himself to us.

louise

She opened the floodgates of televisual self-parody.

wardbond-hilo

“Ward Bond is a shit but he’s our favorite shit.”

herzen thumb

Today he would publish Pussy Riot rather than Turgenev.

(c) The Royal Society; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

“solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”

tarkovsky

He “invented a new language, true to the nature of film.”

sugiura

He abandoned kids’ comics and pioneered Pop.

The first legal drink at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, 1933

He made it his business to be provocatively uncongenial.

ebsen

He brought charm to his bitterest characters.