If you were anything like I was in school, history class probably functioned as a time to refine your deeply considered sketch of a monkey dangling from a palm tree in outer space, or perhaps for wondering whether you remembered both your mouth guard and your cleats.
Hemingway was a writer. He was a man. He sailed boats, and when someone hit him, he hit back, hard. He hated adjectives and cuddling. He was a hunter, a fisherman, and an American. He was Ernest Hemingway.
Was he gorgeous? Yes. Was he a good time? Sometimes...sure. But was he an absolutely terrifying sociopath? Abso-effing-lutely. With never a hair out of place, [Bugsy] Siegel was the epitome of the illicit impresario. He had no qualms about charming your pants off, then putting a hit out on your entire family. Admire him from afar, if you like, but he is not the type you want to bring home for dinner.
Coco Chanel never married--I mean, when would she have the time? That's not to say she was too busy to have a love life, though. Without the means to earn a high enough income on her own, the style icon reeled in a series of financiers through love affairs, and then--voila!--she was able to start her own business. Coincidence? History says not so much.
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