- Simon Renard de Saint-André, Vanitas, c. 1660.
Elif Batuman is the author of The Possessed and The Idiot. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, n+1, and Harper’s, among other publications. In 2011, she received the Terry Southern Prize for Humor for her Paris Review Daily piece “My 12-Hour Blind Date, with Dostoevsky.”
* The emoji interpretation in number 3 is courtesy of Lindsay Nordell