This Day in History

When Jack “Machine Gun” McGurn, a member of Al Capone’s gang, was almost killed by members of rival George “Bugs” Moran’s gang, he devised a plan to retaliate: he would lure Bugs and his men into a warehouse and kill them. On the day of the massacre, Capone’s men mistook one of Bugs’s gangsters for the rival crime boss and opened fire. Bugs had not yet arrived at the warehouse and survived the attempt on his life. Why did bystanders who heard the gunfire allow the murderers to leave the scene? More…

This Day in History

Adolf Hitler’s rise to power began long before 1933, with his development of the Nazi party in the early 1920s and the widespread release of his book, Mein Kampf, in 1925. After the Nazi party lost seats in Germany’s November 1932 parliamentary elections, leading businessmen and political figures appealed to Germany’s president to appoint Hitler chancellor. As chancellor, Hitler quickly moved to eliminate his rivals and consolidate his power. How did Hitler then become F├╝hrer, or leader? More…

Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde (one of my favorite people to quote from, I have him up on my profile) wrote a story about.. well.. “A tale of horror, it depicts the corruption of a beautiful young man pursuing an ideal of sensual indulgence and moral indifference; although he himself remains young and handsome, his portrait becomes ugly, reflecting his degeneration.” (Wiki)

I today watched the DVD that was taken from a TV movie back in.. 1973 I believe it was, but basically a retelling of his book written in 1891. While I’m most certain a few chapters were lost when making a book into a movie, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe of life’s truths quoted in the movie (which adds to Wilde’s ability to quote things as they are), such as..” . . . there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

“Those who are faithful know only the pleasures of love: it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.”

“Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot . . . ”

“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.”

And the one that basically became the story..

“How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrid, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June. . . . If it was only the other way! If it was I who were to be always young, and the picture that were to grow old! For this–for this–I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give!”

If you know nothing of Dorian Gray (even from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), he is the man who gave his soul to have the portrait painted of him age instead of have him age – he would have indeed been immortal, permanently locking his physical appearance and impression, so long as his portrait remained safe. The character of him depicted within that portrait would age, or become more disgusting, depending on how he acted in life. He realized the portrait, which really is more of a curse than anything, could feel every corner of his heart and mind, and would act upon those and deeds not yet committed by him.

A good story, I recommend it. ;)