Should I cut off one of my ears and mail it to her?
Send her pictures of my collection of skeletons or
Footage of me impaling myself on an elephant tusk?
The first line refers to 19th Century Dutch artist Van Gogh, who lost a large part of his ear. The best-known version of this story is that Van Gogh went crazy, cut of his ear, then gave it to his lover as a gift (causing her to faint). This is the version Slim is referring to.
But some have theorized that the ear was actually cut off during an altercation with Van Gogh’s close associate Paul Gauguin. Gauguin allegedly cut the ear while fending off Van Gogh, and the two made a “pact of silence” to never speak about it again.
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