Peopled with the likes of Charles Baudelaire, Ernest Hemingway, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, the gallery contains photos of the individuals along with descriptions of their substance(s) of choice and related quotes. For example…
Charles Baudelaire (1821 – 1867):
Absinthe, Booze, Opium
“Always be drunk … Get drunk militantly. Just get drunk.”
There are some fascinating photos and quotes, but when it comes to the purpose or value of this exhibit, your guess is as good as mine. I suppose it goes to show that, whatever Roland Barthes may say, and for good or ill, the author is still very much alive in the American imagination.