By Shana Priwer, Cynthia Phillips
All people is aware Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, drew that well-known man within a circle, and-oh yeah-has whatever to do with that code, too. yet what in regards to the guy in the back of the parable? even though he's tremendously well-known for his creative achievements, most folks don't recognize a lot approximately this genius's lifestyles. one hundred and one belongings you Didn't find out about Da Vinci takes a enjoyable, clean examine the grasp, from his less-than-illustrious origins as an illegitimate baby, to his later years hobnobbing with popes, dukes, and kings.
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It was all about excess: about crossing over forbidden lines, about doing things you thought you’d never do and associating with people who were even wilder than yourself, so you’d feel that much more normal about your own life. All at once I found myself becoming depressed. What was I going to do about my wife? Christ—had I really done it this time? She seemed pretty angry this morning! What was she doing right now? I wondered. If I had to guess, she was probably yapping on the phone to one of her friends or disciples or whatever the fuck they were.
Where’s my wife? Holy shit! My wife! My wife! Hurricane Nadine! SPLASH! I woke up to the angry yet gorgeous face of my second wife, Nadine. In her right hand was an empty twelve-ounce water glass; in her left hand was her own balled-up ﬁst, punctuated by a sevencarat, yellow canary diamond in a platinum setting. She was less than ﬁve feet away, rocking back and forth on the balls of her feet, like a prizeﬁghter. I made a quick mental note to watch out for the ring. ” I yelled halfheartedly. I wiped my eyes with the back of my hand and took a moment to study Wife Number Two.
Yes, she was a duchess, all right—a Brit by birth, who still carried a British passport. It was a wonderful fact she never failed to remind me of. Yet, it was all very ironic, since she had never actually lived in Britain. In fact, she had moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, when she was still a baby, and it was there, in the land of dropped consonants and tortured vowels, where she was raised. Bay Ridge; it’s that tiny corner of the earth where words like fuck and shit and bastard and prick roll off the 24 Jordan Belfor t tongues of young natives with the poetic panache of T.