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The Making of an Insomniac

David Bowie as the rapidly aging, sleepless vampire in the film The

Hunger. Best description of a sleepless politico in print? Woodward and Bernstein's Final Days sketch of Richard Nixon, roaming the White House corridors, gibbering at the presidential portraits. Who among the famous and infamous should have slept badly before which life-altering event (even if, in fact, they slept like bats): • Bugsy Siegel, after his mob cronies met in Havana. • Andrew Borden, stretched on his living room couch, August 4, 1892. • Ted Hughes, after Assia Wevill came to lunch in Devon. • Ernest Simpson, before the English Midlands house party that introduced wife Wallis to Edward, Prince of Wales. • Ditto the above for Edward, Prince of Wales. • Patty Hearst, before that knock on her Berkeley door, 1974. • Lev Davidovitch Bronstein, before allowing Ramon Mercader into his Coyoacan study. • Anna Akhmatova before composing In Praise of Peace in "repentance." You get the gist. And if you are an insomniac, you've played this tired and futile game. F

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Profile for University of Idaho Library

Fugue 31 - Summer/Fall 2006 (No. 31)  

The Literary Digest of the University of Idaho

Fugue 31 - Summer/Fall 2006 (No. 31)  

The Literary Digest of the University of Idaho