biography is personal

it’s a very personal thing, biography. take the question “why jackie?” i don’t know how to answer that without referring to the badly xeroxed women’s history handout from mrs. pavlick’s 6th grade english class. “why tabloids?” leads to a similarly intimate anecdote of my family’s mid-90s mania for antiquing. when everyone around you has a […]

jackie! the authorized biography

John Kennedy’s victory in the 1960 presidential election raised interest in his wife to a fevered pitch. But, Jackie was adamant that she would do things on her own terms. She detested the  prying and made a preemptive move to thwart conjecture about her private life. At her mother’s suggestion, Mrs. Kennedy appointed Mary Van Rensselaer Thayer— […]

biography = deprivation

(24 may 2011) biographers don’t eat. at their conferences the food is placed strategically just beyond the bar, which is surrounded by such a crush of people that one can never break through. in my many futile attempts to reach the mountains of canapés i could see on the other side of the room, i spent a significant […]

11/22

typical, i’ve a strong sense of occasion and nothing really to say.  today is 22nd november.  58 years ago, the woman i’ve spent the last 18 years writing about was sitting beside her husband when he was shot by a man using a mail order rifle (retail = $19.95).

i am here to talk about kim kardashian again

[CW: assault, gun violence, rape] for someone who’s all about cultivating A Sense of Occasion IRL, i always struggle to write when the occasion calls for it. but i am aware that on this day, five years ago, a group of french criminals assaulted and robbed kim kardashian. a circumstance which seems to demand some […]