John Coltrane (1926 – 1967)

You’d think it doesn’t get better than a babely modern jazz saxophone virtuoso, but he’s also an actual saint, with a church of his name. Yup. He was that good.

Fridtjof Nansen
(10 October 1861 – 13 May 1930)

Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Owner of a fine moustache too.

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  July 29, 2013 at 02:55pm

Maurício do Valle
(1928 - 1994)

Talented stage/film/television actor, proeminent figure of the brazilian cinematic movement known as Cinema Novo.

Excerpt from Antonio das Mortes.

  May 07, 2013 at 09:27pm

Witkacy (1885 – 1939)

Polish painter, photographer, writer, a truly avant-garde scandalous eccentric. When creating his famous ”metaphysical” portraits, he’d write down, on the finished drawings, the combination of psychedelics he used in the process. There are many theories as to whether he really did commit suicide when he found out the Soviets attacked Poland in 1939, or if he faked it all to fuck with people yet again, and went on to live in Łódź till his actual death in 1969. The verdict in any case: babe extraordinaire.

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  April 20, 2013 at 04:43pm

Alfred Stieglitz
(January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946)

We all have to thank this babe, his moustache and his talent for the recognizement of photography as a form of art. One of the most important early artistic photographers, Stieglitz was also the husband of Georgia O’Keffee. Lucky guy. 

Check out some of his work.

  April 14, 2013 at 07:31pm

Douglas Mawson
(5 May 1882 – 14 October 1958)

This Australian Antarctic explorer, geologist and lecturer had a big brain and a beautiful face.

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  March 17, 2013 at 08:28pm

Xavier Montsalvatge
(March 11, 1912 – May 7, 2002)

This catalan composer and music critic explored many styles and forms during his career, his influences ranging from Wagner to caribbean music. His presence on this blog, however, is mostly influenced by that chin. 

Listen to Teresa Berganza singing one of his songs, Cuba dentro de un piano.

  March 10, 2013 at 10:53pm

Breno Mello
(September 7, 1931 – July 11, 2008)

As a good brazilian boy, Breno startet out aiming to be a football player, having played in such acclaimed teams as Fluminense and Santos. Luckily enough, he was strolling through Rio de Janeiro one day when director Marcel Camus asked him to be in a movie, Black Orpheus. The film turned out to be a great success and a great beginning for Breno’s acting career.

Excerpts from Black Orpheus.

  March 07, 2013 at 08:55pm

Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990)

American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. Boy, was he busy or what. One of the first globally recognizable American conductors, he only composed music to one of the most successful musicals ever, and to rub it in our faces, he also looked like this. Damn, son.

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  March 06, 2013 at 09:07pm

Albert Camus (1913 – 1960)

French author, journalist, and philosopher, whose views are often cited as the foundation of Existentialism movement, even though he himself rejected the idea. Second youngest author awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature, after that racist flop, Rudyard Kipling. And obviously, far more babely than him. Should’ve supported the Algerian independence.

  March 03, 2013 at 05:28pm