Van Gogh's Ear

The True Story

Van Gogh's Ear

In December 1888, Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. It is the most famous story about any artist in history. But what really happened on that dark winter night? In Van Gogh's Ear, Bernadette Murphy reveals the truth. She takes us on an extraordinary journey from major museums to forgotten archives, vividly reconstructing Van Gogh's world. We meet police inspectors and café patrons, prostitutes and madams, his beloved brother Theo and fellow painter Paul Gauguin. Why did Van Gogh commit such a brutal act? Who was the mysterious 'Rachel' to whom he presented his macabre gift? Did he really remove his entire ear? Murphy answers these important questions with her groundbreaking discoveries, offering a stunning portrait of an artist edging towards madness in his pursuit of excellence. BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK PRIMETIME BBC2 DOCUMENTARY WITH JEREMY PAXMAN

Van Gogh's Ear Volume 9

Van Gogh's Ear Volume 9

Founded by Ian Ayres, Van Gogh’s Ear: Best World Poetry, Prose & Art is an annual anthology series devoted to publishing powerful works by major voices and innovative new talents from around the globe. The goal of Van Gogh’s Ear is to make each volume a real eye-opener that stirs people’s emotions and ignites their imaginations. Experimental work is warmly embraced. Taboos extremely encouraged. In this volume you will find: POETRY BY : Joel Allegretti, Frances Ayres, Ian Ayres, Lytton Bell, Brenton Booth, Tim J. Brennan, Boots Bryant, Helene Cardona, Dane Cervine, Miles Chaney, Sue Clennell, Virginie Colline, Cassandra allett, Olivier Deprez & Miles O’Shea, Lisa Dordal, John Fitzgerald, A Flick of the Grail – Mark Fleury, Karen Foster, Howie Good, Tyler Knott Gregson, Mary Ann Honaker, Claire Ibarra, Donald Illich, Alexandra Isacson, Clarissa Jakobsons, Bob James, Alex S. Johnson, Jen Karetnick, Akhil Katyal, Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, Lily Kurdach, Lyn Lifshin, Manuel Paul Lopez, David Mac, Mamta Madhavan, Jenean McBrearty, Silva Zanoyan, Merjanian, Oshi Mi-chi, Aman Mittal, JB Mulligan, Jed Myers, Ben Nardolilli, Peter Nicholson, Stanley Noah, Kenneth Nolan, Robert Patrick, David S. Pointer, Pam Riley, Jeff Santosuosso, Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr., Felino A. Soriano, John Saunders, Mark Terrill, Jeremy Tolbert, P.C. Vandall, Jeremiah Walton, Kari Wergeland, Matthew Wilson, Michael Xavier, Bill Yarrow Stories and other lengthy writings: Jason Wayne Allen, Tina Ayres, Mia Bencivenga, Jason D. Brawn, Arturo Desimone, Barry Hunter, Jen Knox, Neila Mezynski, Turner Mojica, Yarrow Paisley Art and Photography: Booka Bickar, Ciruelo Cabral, Theo Danella, Collin Elder, Ira Joel Haber, Jeanne Kuhns, Wlodzimierz Kuklinski, Kamalky Laureano, Mina M., Raven Morgoth, Helene Poujade, Michael Sean, Brittany Smith, Patrick Tang, Valerhon Interviews With: Adrienne Barbeau, Becket, David Bollt, Gerald Brom, Laurie Lee Brom, Nick Brown, Ramsey Campbell, Emerson Collins & Del Shores, Mell Corcoran, Dale Corvino, Isabelle Dalle, Steven DaLuz, Tommy Emmanuel, John Fleck, Guy Gilchrist, Tyler Knott Gregson, Cole Haddon, Joanne Harris, Richard Hescox, Ronnie King, Chad Crawford Kinkle, Daniel Knauf, Joe Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale, Edward Lee, John Lehr, Jonathan Maberry, Charlie Matthau, Felice Picano, Christopher Rice, Cortney Skinner, Dino Valls, John Waite, Barbie Wilde, David Niall Wilson, Michael Xavier, Peter Zokosky, Kristoffer Frisk

"He Has Van Gogh's Ear for Music" and Other Famous Insults

This collection of funny quotes brings together the wit and bitchiness of a range of famous people from Muhammad Ali to Oscar Wilde, from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s time to the present day. Whether you favour Billy Wilder’s “He’s got Van Gogh’s ear for music”, Clive James’ pithy description of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s physique or the dry, understated humour of William Whitelaw, there’s plenty here to make you snigger to yourself.

Van Gogh's Ear

Best World Poetry & Prose

Van Gogh's Ear

A powerful poem for peace by one of the great voices of contemporary literature, Maya Angelou, seizes the soul; Margaret Atwood's insightful, often amusing essay on poetics inspires; Beat legend Carolyn Cassady's intriguing new prose piece explores the energies that create and sustain all life; a high-speed letter from Beat icon Neal Cassady sweeps one away with his thoughts on intellect and the arts; acclaimed renaissance man Leonard Cohen's poem excites both the imagination and emotions; James Dean's hard-hitting poem gives a brutal glimpse into the acidic mixture of love and hate the legendary actor had for his father (a scan of Dean's actual poem appears with photos from a private collection); Bangladesh poet Taslima Nasrin, who had to flee her country following death threats by Islamic fanatics, contributed a poem which reveals much through the rape of two young sisters who are ordered by a judge to be whipped in public for speaking out against the man who raped them; Sue Russell shatters the Hollywood portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the movie MONSTER with her probing essay. There's also Sonia Sanchez's startling poem about a mother torn between love for her 7-year-old daughter and addiction to crack; Irish poet Eabhan Ni Shuileabhain's intense journey into the minds of the main people involved in executing a criminal at the time of execution; and even more powerful work by Tony Curtis, Joyce Carol Oates, C. K. Williams, Yoko Ono, Norman Mailer, Daisy Zamora, J. T. LeRoy, Joanne Kyger, John Gilmore, Tess Gallagher, Richard Kostelanetz, Marc Smith, Alice Notley, Billy Collins, Aram Saroyan, Diane di Prima, John Updike, in total 91 great talents. After reading this landmark anthology, you'll feel as if you'd lived intensely in the skins of many different people in different parts of the world. Highly recommended as a rich resource for teachers and a library basic.

Van Gogh in Popular Culture

Van Gogh in Popular Culture

Vincent van Gogh continues to fascinate more than a century after his death in 1890. Yet how much of what is commonly known about this world-renowned artist is accurate? Though he left thousands of works and a trove of letters, the definitive Van Gogh remains elusive. Was he a madman who painted his greatest pieces in a passionate fury or a lifelong student of art, literature and science who carefully planned each composition? Was he a loner dedicated only to his craft or an active collaborator with his contemporaries? Why is he best known for self-mutilation and "The Starry Night"? This book has biographers, scriptwriters, lyricists, actors, museum curators and tour guides, among others, presenting diverse interpretations of his life and work, creating a mythic persona that may, in fact, help us in the search for the real Van Gogh.

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

A profile of the life of Vincent van Gogh that also focuses on his art, including the development of his signature technique, the artists and styles that inspired him, and how life events influenced the subjects he selected.