Sunday, January 15, 2012


Thomas Bernhard
Sardonic and smug, the Austrian bad boy was forever thumbing his nose at the industry in which he worked, leading critics to call him a Nestbeschmutzer, which translates to “one who fouls his own nest.” He was involved in many major public scandals over the years, including one set off when, after being presented with a national award in 1968, he sighed, “Everything is ridiculous, when one thinks of death!” Irreverent to be sure, and highly controversial, but like many others on this list, you can forgive the hyper-talented almost anything.

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