Only The Syphilitic Die Young

Bust out your moral compasses.

In yesterday’s Times, David Schoenbaum illustrates how obscure violin great Joseph Joachim was held in higher public regard than virtuoso Niccolo Paganini because Paganini was a whorish libertine who died of syphilis and would bark while performing, while Joachim was a wholesome, upright, conservative (save a divorce) performer who demanded proper demeanor during concerts.

Makes you understand why we can impeach a president for getting a hummer, but can’t oust one for lying about a war.


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