On the Occasion of Marilyn Monroe's 71st Birthday


Yes, another Marilyn Monroe homage, prompted by her birthday and the American Photo May/June '96 special issue dedicated to her.

If I were a playwright, I'd write an American Noh drama cycle in which the two central icons of contemporary white America, Marilyn Monroe and Jack Kennedy, live out the meanings of their lives and deaths. Their passing, and who we thought they were, shaped us and our culture. Both of them were less than they mean to us now; that's how myth works. I don't care about JFK any more, at least not the way I do about Monroe. His failings are harder to forgive than hers.
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