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Countess Elizabeth Bathory

Could there have been a female vampire? Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, known as the Blood Countess, was accused of killing a number of young girls and bathing in their blood. She was convicted and confined to her castle until her death in 1614 […] Read more


Courtney Love. The girl with the most cake. The girl with the loudest mouth and the fiercest guitar. The girl of many talents – not least among them the power to shock. Not since Madonna declared that she was like a virgin has someone in the public spotlight so consistently challenged the notion of what […] Read more


He is known in his homeland by many poetic titles–the Ocean of Wisdom, Holder of the White Lotus, and Protector of the Land of Snows. Millions of followers around the globe worship him as Tibet’s Living Buddha and its Wish-Fulfilling Gem, the reincarnation of Bodhisattva Chenrezig, the Lord of Compassion. Here in the West, we […] Read more


Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who is retiring from the United States Senate after twenty-four years in office, spent his afternoons during the winters of 1942 shining shoes in front of the Wurlitzer Building, on Forty-second Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway. He was fourteen years old and lived in a small Upper West Side apartment with […] Read more

David Hockney

David Hockney was born on July 9, 1937 in the industrial town of Bradford, in Yorkshire, England, to a working-class but politically radical family. Although his father, Kenneth, ran an accounting business, he was also an antiwar activist who wrote letters of protest to world leaders. David was the fourth of five children. His mother, […] Read more

Edward Abbey

When Edward Abbey died in 1989 at the age of sixty-two, the American West lost one of its most eloquent and passionate advocates. Through his novels, essays, letters, and speeches, Edward Abbey consistently voiced the belief that the West was in danger of being developed to death, and that the only solution lay in the […] Read more


Eleanor Roosevelt brought a breezy informality and bustle of activity to the White House. At the inaugural buffet, the President waited his turn to be served like anyone else, and Mrs. Roosevelt helped with the serving. She also horrified chief usher “Ike” Hoover by insisting immediately on operating the elevator herself. “That just isn’t done, […] Read more

Ellen (Nellie) Cashman

With thousands of other desperate Irish Catholic immigrants, Nellie Cashman came to Boston with her mother and sister about 1860. They then moved west, making their home in San Francisco in 1869. It was there that Nellie and her mother contracted mining fever and they soon left for the silver camps of Nevada, stopping in […] Read more


Emily Dickinson loved words ardently. Her feeling about them amounted to veneration and her selection of them was ritualistic. In one poem she states “A Word that breathes distinctly has not the power to die.” As artist, she conceived of brevity, not as a way to sketch in miniature, but as a means of achieving […] Read more


For over twenty years, Ernest Hemingway spent virtually every fall and winter at Sun Valley, Idaho. Although his legendary haunts were Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain and Cuba, Idaho was his true home. The wild mountain crags, the sunny meadows were his nirvana. The hunting and fishing were always good there. The canoe trip down the […] Read more