"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell
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The remotest and loneliest astronaut.


She reminds us of the excitement and beauty inherent in aviation.


She loved waking up, quite alone, in a strange town.

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She scaled mountains wearing forbidden trousers.

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She developed a pathological aversion to her native England.


An astute proto-ethnologist attired in full Victorian garb.

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“Ice does eerie things,” she said.

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She was as complicated as the country she helped to found.


The two things she loved most: her husband and an exploding volcano.


“A woman whose life’s poetry never sank to prose.”


A resolute seeker of forbidden knowledge.

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She married adventure, but made it her own.


“I am the sun, the star, the earl, the lion, the light from heaven and the Queen.”

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The aviatrix who taught Amelia Earhart how to fly.


A tattooed, cigar-chomping, cross-dressing, knife-collecting speed demon.


He set a record that will not be broken until man finds water amongst the stars.

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The whore to Annie Oakley’s virgin in American myth.


The clochard who chronicled freedom from the straight world.

Sir Ernest Shackleton

His irrepressible optimism and perseverance outlasted his era.


His silence helps to preserve the moon’s mystique.


The heiress-turned-aviatrix who conquered earth, sea, & air.


He’s still there because it’s there.


A notebook kind of writer.


THOR HEYERDAHL (1914–2002) lived a long life, but so much was left undone: he might have piloted an ice floe from Porvoo to Hokkaido to prove Finland’s nomadic Sami peopled Japan; he might have shown how Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians settled Alaska by surfing there on the back of a humpback whale. It’s easy to poke […]