July 10, 1995
This is not a real beach. If this were a real beach, we would need a very large umbrella for shade enough to let us hope to squint at the dim screen of our laptop computer. This is a virtual beach, where heat and humidity conspire against productivity, and brains, like computers, are most often in slumber mode.Here at Virtual Beach, the Sloth Police have banned all useful programs in the interest of assuring absolute nonproductivity. The only acceptable software here is the digital equivalent of "beach books," mindless, trashy and irrelevant.
January 11, 2007
To Noi Volkov, a simple faucet, a model of a Ford Thunderbird and photos of Marilyn Monroe and Woody Allen are more than just odds and ends. To him, they are the makings for a ceramic teapot. "I am trying to create a new, unorthodox style of ceramics," said the 60-year-old Owings Mills man. "It's a mixture of Renaissance and pop art. It has a little bit of Dali and some Picasso." The teapot uses the back of the T-bird model as a handle, the faucet as the spout, and images of Monroe and Allen on either side of the body.
August 5, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Marilyn Monroe would have both loved and hated her final resting place. The private Marilyn - the fragile Norma Jean, whose low self-esteem never jibed with the glamorous figure adored by millions, whose voluptuous body kept people from acknowledging the artist trapped inside, whose irrepressible fame doomed the one real chance she had at happiness, her marriage to Joe DiMaggio - would appreciate the plain, unadorned marble crypt in a...
May 1, 2008
Billy Pappas spent nearly 8 1/2 years on one drawing. He knows about obsession. "I can't just be an artist with modest success," he says about halfway through Waiting for Hockney, a documentary showing at this weekend's Maryland Film Festival, chronicling the near-decade he spent trying to commit a single image of Marilyn Monroe to paper. "I've got to be Michelangelo." How well Pappas compares to Michelangelo is for others, and for posterity, to decide. But Waiting for Hockney certainly paints a portrait of an artist with a singular, unique vision, and Pappas was willing to endure almost anything to realize it. To its great credit, director Julie Checkoway's film goes beyond the creative process.
October 28, 1999
NEW YORK -- The red stiletto heels were trouble, Russell C. Schalk Jr. could see that. Everybody in Christie's auction house last night could see that. Shoes like this are so much trouble there's a nickname for them that's so rude even the abbreviation can't be printed in a family newspaper.It gets worse yet: scarlet satin stilettos encrusted with matching rhinestones, designed by Salvatore Ferragamo and maybe perhaps possibly once slipped onto the glamorous, sad, poignant, mysterious and, of course, legendary tootsies of Marilyn Monroe.
July 9, 2000
Last March, Joyce Carol Oates and Ed Herendeen spent a day in Princeton, N.J., with Marilyn Monroe. To be exact, they spent the day immersed in Oates' new play about Monroe, "Miss Golden Dreams," which is making its world premiere, under Herendeen's direction, at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va., this weekend. West Virginia might seem an unlikely spot for Oates, a former National Book Award winner, to premiere a play. But the writer has a longstanding relationship with the 10-year-old festival, which has produced two of her previous plays and named her honorary chair of its project for commissioning new works.