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Clotted Hinderparts and Privy Drains: Game of Thrones and a History of Death on the Toilet

Clotted Hinderparts and Privy Drains: Game of Thrones and a History of Death on the Toilet

The twentieth century saw an abundance of famous toilet-related deaths. Elvis died in 1977 at just forty-two years old, found on the bathroom floor of his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, apparently having fallen from the toilet seat. Obese, and struggling with glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver damage, and an enlarged colon, the cause of his death was given as cardiac…

Earthy Anecdotes: Zola’s House at Médan, by Cézanne

In a recent piece on Cézanne’s Banks of the Marne, I mentioned by way of comparison the painting Zola’s House at Médan, another composition where houses peek out amid dense foliage, atop river banks, with the buildings and greenery reflected in the river. Zola’s House at Médan is otherwise known as Le Château de Médan. Painted between 1879 and 1881, it is now part…