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Legends of the Months

Ernest Hemingway

The first thing I read by Ernest Hemingway was a short story called 'Hills Like White Elephants'. I had never read anything like it before. It kind of changed everything for me. I threw away my thesaurus that day. Okay, I lied; I didn't…

Muddy Waters

He roller coaster/he got Muddy Waters.   Not many people could pull off being one of the coolest people on the planet with a name like 'Muddy Waters'. His real name was McKinley Morganfield which I think is an infinitely cool name. I'd love…

Marie Curie

"I have been frequently questioned, especially by women, how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy." – Marie Curie. When I first decided that Marie Curie would be the next Legend of the…

Andy Kaufman

On April Fool's Day, I couldn't think of a better Legend of the Month than Andy Kaufman. I had written a joke Legend - it was going to be an April Fool's prank - Fred Phelps, the horrible man who founded the Westboro Baptist Church. In the…

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, or Leonardo da Vinci as he is better known, or the blue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle as he is even better known, or Leonardo DiCaprio as he is perhaps best but certainly most-incorrectly known, was good.…

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Appended Legend of the Month. I can’t remember when I first saw Philip Seymour Hoffman in a film. It might have been Boogie Nights, which, when I first watched  it, I loved because you saw boobs in it. Later, I appreciated that it was…

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens was a writer, debater and all-round rational man. He wrote for many big magazines and wrote many books and through all of them you get the opinionated, no-nonsense, yet elegant style that brought him fame. He…