Photos by Robert Mapplethorpe and Man Ray

Comte de Lautréamont

He is as handsome as the retractibility of the claws of a bird of prey; or again, as the uncertainty of the muscular movements of wounds in the softer parts of the posterior cervical region; or rather as the perpetual rat-trap, re-set each time by the trapped animal, that can catch rodents indefinitely and works even when hidden beneath straw; and especially as the fortuitous encounter upon a dissecting-table of a sewing machine and an umbrella!