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The Eccentricities of Gentlemen

“Down with the pretty ladies of the old school! Down with the old masters! Away with the pretty ladies!” Ken Russell’s Dante’s Inferno (1967), a BBC biopic of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, features rebels building a bonfire of classical paintings, prancing...
Illuminated copper engraving, 1705, by Maria Sibylla Merian. Wikimedia Commons. The traveling bug lover, in the earliest days of insect study, brought back from foreign trips magical tales of sailors becoming drunk and dizzy from sucking on honeycombs built by...
This past winter was among the most brutal I’ve known. With its record-low temperatures and record-high snowfall, my only avenue of escape into spring was through the bottled flowers in my cabinet—and through my little blue notebook of scent. Perfume...