Every collector knows the probably apocryphal story of the nineteenth-century composer and bibliophile Charles-Valentin Alkan, found dead in an avalanche of his own books, crushed when his shelves upended onto him.
In Benjamin-Constant’s 19th century painting Les Chérifas, three young women lounge seductively on a sofa embroidered with gold. They are naked, fair-skinned and watched over by a black eunuch. 1,357 more words
****DISCLAIMER**** before I get into this subject I would like it clearly stated that I never experment with drugs until I had graduated high school and that anything they ever gave me, they took a great deal more.2,470 more words