Tag Archives: Alcoholism

Alcohol and the art of David Teniers Jr.

Mirjana Stojkovic – Ivkovic Belgrade, Serbia   Fig 1. Smokers and drinkers, Museo del Prado, Madrid (this picture makes fun of human frailties, stupidity and vices.) David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) was one of the most prolific and versatile Flemish artists. About 2000 pictures have been attributed to him, including replicas and copies, and at […]

Dead people healing alcoholism

Maria Barna Sibiu, Romania   In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, there were many villages in the Moldavia region of Romania where doctors hardly ever came. When people became ill they found hope in prayers or in the secret knowledge of initiated women. Thus the treatment of alcoholism was based on empirical and […]

The creation of Tennessee Williams’ Blanche Dubois: a biographical psychotic neurotic

Fizzah Ali United Kingdom  Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski Stage version of A Streetcar Named Desire Photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1948. The American dramatist Tennessee Williams wrote several plays, among these The Glass Menagerie,1 The Rose Tattoo,2 and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.3 Recurrent themes in his plays are alcoholism, the death […]

Edgar Allan Poe – a tormented literary genius

Donna Olson Whitelaw, Alberta Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849 A man attempts to hide from his sins and ultimately from himself. A murderer takes an old man’s life and hides the body under the floorboards. But he cannot silence his guilt, so he keeps on hearing the dead man’s heart in his room. This story is […]