Before and After #254: Bobby Fischer




mister muleboy said...


And though I know it's only with the benefit of hindsight, I can see in the second photo [that is, I read in] hints of what was to come.

Tom Sutpen said...

Frankly, I see hints of it in the 'Before' image as well; and having recently read Frank Brady's biography of Fischer, it would seem that a lot of his truly insane, truly foul neuroses (the hardcore anti-semitism, the bottomless paranoia, etc) accumulated in that brain much earlier than anyone . . . anyone other than those unlucky enough to be closest to him . . . had known. He could keep a lid on it in his late teens more effectively than in his thirties, when he really seemed to go nuts all of a sudden.