Happy Birthday, Isidore-Lucien Ducasse

Isidore Ducasse was an Uruguayan-born Decadent poet, born on this day, 171 years ago. His only completed work, a collection of poetry titled Les Chants de Maldoror and Poésies, was largely overlooked during the author's short life but later championed by the members of several underground movements. For its publication, Ducasse used the nom de plume for which is … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Isidore-Lucien Ducasse

Introduction to Subcultural Anthropology: Minet

As a fan of fashion, youth subculture, and the 1960s, at some point I was bound to be made aware of the French minet subculture. Obviously, since I'm writing about it, that momentous occasion has arrived at some point in my past. I can't remember when or where it occurred (the internet is a safe bet) … Continue reading Introduction to Subcultural Anthropology: Minet

Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde!

The second most-read writer in the English language is also, in my opinion, the funniest. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on 16 October 1854 in Dublin, Eire. He is probably the most quotable figure in the English language as well, having coined too many clever epigrams to choose just one to represent his wit. Oscar … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde!