Certified genius day, today:

Birthdays of Glenn Gould, William Faulkner and Mark Rothko!

Glenn Gould, a pianist like no other, and a personality whose talent exceeded the narrow arena of the performing artist: Sep. 25, 1932 – 1982

Photo by Gordon Parks, NYC, March 1956 – LIFE

Caption: Brilliant young Canadian pianist Glenn Gould laughing as engineers let him hear how his singing spoiled his recording of the Bach Goldberg Variations after which he offered to wear a gas mask to muffle his songs, at a Columbia recordling studio.