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Christopher Hitchens - 1949-2011
Hitchens was an English American author and journalist whose career spanned more than 4 decades. He was a columnist and literary critic for The New Statesman, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Daily Mirror, and Vanity Fair. He was a prominent public intellectual and his confrontational style of debate made him both a lauded and controversial figure. He was known for his scathing critiques of well-loved public figures. A noted critic of religion and a self-described “Anti-theist”, he believed that the concept of a supreme being is a totalitarian belief that destroy individual freedom.
Isadora Duncan 1877-1927
Isadora Duncan was a dancer, considered by many to be the creator of modern dance. Born in San Francisco, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50. Both in her professional and private lives, Duncan flouted traditional conventions and morality. She was bisexual. She alluded to her Communism during her last United States tour, in 1922; Duncan waved a red scarf and bared her breast on stage in Boston, proclaiming, "This is red! So am I!". By the end of her life Duncan's performing career had dwindled and she became as notorious for her financial woes, scandalous love life and all-too-frequent public drunkenness as for her contributions to the arts. Duncan's fondness for flowing scarves was the cause of her death in an automobile accident in Nice, France when she was passenger in an Amilcar, and her silk scarf, draped around her neck, became entangled around the open-spoked wheels and rear axle, breaking her neck.
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Typhoid Mary Mallon - (1869-1938)
Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary, was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever. She was presumed to have infected some 53 people, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook. She was forcibly isolated twice by public health authorities and died after nearly three decades altogether in isolation.
Michael Ryan creates allegorical images rich in symbolism, dealing with the human condition, society, and the world that surrounds him. Ryan expertly blends his long developed traditional painting techniques with ideas and subjects that are often other-worldly. Michael’s work shows his constant fortitude by alternating from bold strokes to delicate brushwork. His work is deeply psychological, each painting is a glimpse at a graceful and interrupted moment that tells a story through it’s subtle nuances. Michael Ryan has been in numerous publications (Spectrum 14, Wizards of the Coast, White Wolf Studios and Strange Horizons) and has shown his work as well throughout the United States. He currently resides in Seattle, WA.
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