May 19, 2010

write what you know


Once you know that this is Robert Louis Stevenson, his wife Fanny, and friends, you know why this picture rocks my world.

Butaritari
1889
from the National Library of Scotland

9 comments:

ZenGato said...

Damn. Dude was awesome.

Ms. Moon said...

All right. THIS is my favorite picture. Just for the story. Do you know where they were?

downtown guy said...

In the South Seas, on the Marquesas Islands.

Just chillin' and eatin' breadfruit, you know?

screamish said...

which one is his wife..?

downtown guy said...

From other pictures I've seen of her, Fanny is the white woman.

May said...

Hell yes. I love this in every way.

downtown guy said...

He looks so mellow.

mobydoug said...

Great photo. He was dying of, some believe, TB at the time.... Other great writers of roughly same period killed untimely by TB: Chekhov, Kafka, D H Lawrence.

Under the wide and starry sky,

Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

downtown guy said...

Bukowski had it, too, but it didn't kill him.