He was an exile, an outcast, a man of no social identity. Diogenes of Sinope was one of Greece’s most controversial figures. Plato once described Diogenes as “a Socrates gone mad.” This eccentric philosopher would become the stereotypical example of an urban hermit. Diogenes lived a solitary life without possessions or social ties, and offered […]
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It wouldn’t be unfair to say that Keanu Reeves is one of Hollywood’s greatest outcasts. Despite being one of the best known actors today, he is renown for a shy, solitary reputation and down to earth lifestyle, including a small apartment instead of a mansion, lack of fancy clothing, and a lack of any kind […]
“The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe is perhaps one of the most renown Gothic, melancholic and alcoholic American writers of all time. Like many great writers, he was also fairy introverted. Poe was […]
“The consequences of the poet’s refusal to disseminate her work in a faithful and orderly fashion are still very much with us.” ~ p.629, My Wars Are Laid Away In Books, Alfred Habegger Elusive, mysterious and reclusive, Emily Dickinson was perhaps one of the most introverted female poets in history. Born on December 10, 1830 […]
He was a man with a sickly disposition, barely five-foot tall and just over 100 pounds; yet he managed to single-handedly build a megalithic monument, lifting and maneuvering blocks of up to 30 tons in weight. Many children grow up with heroes like Rambo or Spiderman, but mine were lone eccentric geniuses like Nikola Tesla […]