Salvador Dali: Over-the-Top? Out of His Mind? Or Something Else?

“The sole difference between myself and a madman is the fact that I am not mad” — Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali mural in Miami. Photo by Gary Firstenberg.

Earlier this summer I was reading a book of George Orwell essays titled Dickens, Dali and Others. Most American readers know Orwell for his last two books…