Laurie Anderson was born June 5, 1947 in Wayne, Illinois. One of her early performance art pieces was Automotive (1972), for which she orchestrated car horns. In Duets on Ice, another early piece, she wore ice skates frozen in blocks of ice; she then proceeded to play a duet with herself on an altered violin. To support her work in performance art, she freelanced as an interviewer and art critic.
In The Function of the Orgasm (1927), Wilhelm Reich argued that achieving orgasm was an essential attribute of the healthy individual. Following the publication of research that was extremely unconventional, Reich was accused of scientific charlatanism and in 1939 was forced to flee Norway. In the U.S., he died in prison after ignoring a court injunction against distributing his products and books.
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his only novel, his plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death. Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish Dublin intellectuals.
Epaminondas, was a Theban general and statesman of the 4th century BC who transformed the Ancient Greek city-state of Thebes, leading it out of Spartan subjugation into a preeminent position in Greek politics.