Thought-provoking (we hope) pieces highlight our newest issue, below. Take from them what you can and use it well. With best wishes . . .
Biographies of Marilyn Monroe abound, yet few of them take the true measure of her complex personality. Reviewers of the latest collections of her writings do not realize, as Carl Rollyson argues in Monroe Redux, that “a cultural shift in attitudes” makes it possible now to appreciate how early in postwar culture she began to shape her sensibility, a sensibility that can be seen in a letter she wrote in her early teens.
What do you learn when you read vs. when you consciously read? Two recent articles, the second commenting on the first, brought home to Lauren Roberts the painful point that simply absorbing words, whether disturbed by them or not, without stopping to question why those words were used often impacts us in ways we might not imagine even long after the original articles are forgotten. In Reading for Truth, you get to decide for yourself.
What do a biography of Marie Curie and a famous novel about the end of the world through nuclear destruction have in common? Gillian Polack explores some memories that came up for her while reading one book while awaiting another in Marie Curie and the Death of Childhood.
Fifty-one years after the book known as the first sports diary was published, Pete Croatto re-visits it and reveals in The Triumph of the Ordinary that The Long Season is an excellent choice for fans interested in reading about the “working athlete’s soul.”