What is the price of brilliance?
Why are so many creative geniuses also ruinously self destructive
From Caravaggio to Jackson Pollack, from Arthur Rimbaud to Jack Kerouac, from Charlie Parket
to Janis Joplin, to Kurt Cobain, and on and on, authors and artists throughout history have binged,
pill-popped, injected, or poisoned themselves for their art. Fully illustrated and addictively readable, Genius and Heroin is the
indespensable reference to the untidy lives of our greatest artists and thinkers, entertainingly
chronicling how the nororiously creative lived and died - whether their ultimate downfalls were the result
of opiates, alchohol, pills, absinthe, or the slow-motion suicide of obsession.
From the dawn of civilization there has always been a fine line between creativity and self-destruction.
An inherent compulsiveness is often required in art to master a level of original thought and superlative skill.
It requires everything, some believe, even one's life.
Genius and Heroin
"Michael Largo Is A Curator Of Death... you will enjoy the detailed descriptions of suicide, overdose, and otherwise untimely demise"
"Largo has now become the Capote of kaput"
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Los Angeles Times
"Meticulous, fascinating, and often intriguingly bizarre.... I am full of admiration for Michael Largo's achievement."
Simon Winchester, Author of The Professor and the Madman
"Genius and Heroin makes for mad good reading on the divinely inspired, hopelessly self-destructive class."
"For the obsessive-compulsive teen in everyone."
Genius and Heroin is a reference guide that explores the paradox of an artists angst,
that which prompts both inspiration and torment. Largos work is a profound new addition to the public debate on
whether personal agony is a necessary component to being publicly immortalized.
Michael Largo's books have been translated and published to international acclaim in Italy, Japan, the Czech Republic, Greece, Korea, Thailand, Brazil, and in Denmark.