Monroe and Arthur Miller watching ‘Some Like It Hot’ in New York, February 1959.
Like any creative human being, I would like a bit more control.
Actress must have no mouth.
She was luminous – on that much everyone seems to agree. Hers is not the flawless matt beauty of Dietrich or Garbo. She is, as one might say, more curvy – I am of course referring to her face, on which, unlike Dietrich, Garbo or indeed Elizabeth Taylor (whom she saw as a rival), there isn’t a single straight line. There is no flattening wash over this face. Even Laurence Olivier, who mostly couldn’t stand her, had to concede that every time she appears in The Prince and the Showgirl, she lights up the scene (the cinematographer Jack Cardiff said that she glowed). That is just one of the things about her that makes her inimitable – which is why the recent My Week with Marilyn could not but fail somewhere as a film. But the question of what – in the aura that surrounds her – she was lighting up or revealing, other than herself, is rarely asked. Luminousness can be a cover – in Hollywood, its own most perfect screen. Monroe’s beauty is dazzling, blinding (no other actress is defined in quite these terms). Of what, then, is she the decoy? What does she allow us to see and not to see? Monroe herself knew the difference between seeing and looking. ‘Men do not see me,’ she said, ‘they just lay their eyes on me.’
In Reno in the summer of 1960, the Manchester Guardian journalist Bill Weatherby found himself Monroe’s confidant. He couldn’t quite understand why, but thought it might have been because he began by showing no interest in her; he had gone to interview Arthur Miller just before filming started on The Misfits, which would be Monroe’s last finished film. ‘I’ve seen you talk,’ he reports her saying, ‘to everyone but me.’ In fact he couldn’t forgive her for having turned Miller into Mr Monroe. ‘Not having fallen for Eisenhower’s charm,’ he writes, ‘I was determined not to succumb to Marilyn Monroe’s.’ Oddly, he seems to have succeeded. ‘Charmed’ never seems quite right, even when they started to meet regularly if intermittently in New York over the last two years of her life. The understanding between them was that these were private conversations (he didn’t publish his version, transcribed from memory after each meeting, till 1976). It is of course a cliché – as well as one of the most well-worn seduction lines in the book – for a man to suggest he is interested, not in a woman’s body, but in her mind. Among her many other talents, Monroe could be credited with blowing that one right out of the water. But Weatherby wasn’t trying to seduce her: he was deeply interested in her thoughts. ‘She made thinking seem like a serious, deliberate process,’ he writes. ‘Some people,’ he hastens to add, ‘who never got over seeing her as a dumb blonde will assume that I am implying she found thinking difficult.’ ‘Quite the opposite,’ he insists. ‘She gave thinking her serious attention.’ The recent publication of Monroe’s written fragments, poems, diaries and notebooks gives us the opportunity to look into the mind of a woman who was not meant to have one. ‘In times of crisis,’ she wrote in a set of notes from 1962, ‘I try to think and use my understanding.’ And in her last interview: ‘We human beings are strange creatures and still reserve the right to think for ourselves.’
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Does this make you want a BUD?
Oprah Renames Network From OWN to MOAN
Oprah’s network lost $330 million, sweet. Is there justice in the world at last?
Oprah was projecting her thoughts, creating her own reality when something went horribly wrong. The universe was experiencing an Obama warp and everything reversed. Black was white, rich were poor and success was failure.
Republicans to FBI: “Stop bowing down to CAIR, put back the anti-Islam materials into counter-terrorism training”
At least there are a few Republican members of Congress who are calling for the FBI to stop caving to the outrageous demands of terror-affiliated Muslims.
TPM Right Wing Blogs (like this one) have been complaining for months about the FBI’s decision to purge their counterterrorism training materials which a review found contained accurate, though inflammatory information about Islam. On Wednesday, a few members of Congress joined the fight to get that important information reinstated.
FBI Director Mueller secretly met on February 8 at FBI headquarters with a coalition of groups including various Islamist and militant Arabic groups who in the past have defended Hamas and Hizballah
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) demanded that FBI Director Robert Mueller turn over the names of the subject experts the FBI used to review their counterterrorism training materials. Rep. Howard Cobel (R-NC) also suggested the Obama administration was forcing the FBI to get rid of materials because of political correctness.
Rep. Trent Franks told CQ earlier this year that the FBI was letting outside parties “censor the true or critical material from FBI training curricula just because someone feels it to be politically incorrect.”
Their remarks followed Rep. Allen West’s comment last month which suggested the FBI was committing “cultural suicide” and letting the Muslim Brotherhood influence policy. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) criticized the FBI on Monday for removing nearly 900 pages of training material it deemed to be offensive, saying it showed extremist Muslim groups were influencing national strategy.
“If we continue to be recalcitrant in identifying who the enemy is and want to be less offensive to them, then we’re going to put ourselves in a bad situation,” West said. “Now you have an environment of political correctness which precludes these agents from doing their proper job and due diligence to go after the perceived threat.”
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Now you knew this was going to happen fast on the internets!
TIME’s Ridiculous Cover Ridiculed…
See the real Time cover HERE
Clearly, SooperMexican’s cover is entirely accurate .
Photographer Andrew Miller paints branded objects white, then snap pics. Oddly cool.
What if Nike made a “Talk About Running” Watch?
Introducing the Segway of skateboards. Neat but too damn costly!
A new obesity in America report paints quite the ugly picture.
The guys behind Scary Movie plan to parody The Hunger Games with The Starving Games.
All seven Harry Potter books will be available from the Kindle store June 19.
Matt Negrin of ABC reports that “A new ad by Obama tells the story of Brian Slagle, an autoworker in Ohio who says he was laid off and ‘scared to death’ until the president swooped in to save the industry.”
In the spot, Slagle says, “Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. . . . He wasn’t going to let it just die, and I’m driving in this morning because of that, because of him.” The ad is meant to praise Obama’s auto bailout for saving jobs.
Indeed, it appears, via Facebook, that Slagle is an employee at Johnson Controls, a Wisconsin company that “create[s] quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles,” according to its website.
But the ad itself seems to be misleading. It is not because of Obama’s auto bailout that Slagle has a job. In fact, Slagle has been employed with Johnson Controls since February 2006, according to his own Facebook page.
Bristol Palin: “It’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position . . . after consulting with his teenage daughters?”
Ann Romney continues to make her husband shine
This is something you should think about.
What About Rights for the Unborn?
If the President genuinely believes that states should have the power to decide for themselves about gay marriage, then shouldn’t states also have the power to decide for themselves whether abortion-on-demand should remain the law within their borders?
For those who believe the right to marry is central to liberty and humanity, isn’t the right to life even more so? It’s remarkable that some think that “history” is on the side of rights for gays . . . but not for the unborn.
Obama: “Sometimes I Forget” About The Recession’s Severity
Hey, when you’re preoccupied with campaigning, hob-nobbing with the Hollywood gliteratti, peddling endless policy and personal distractions, and living it up with lavish vacations and parties, it’s easy to lose track of how the ailing economy continues to pummel families and businesses:
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