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Zelda Fitzgerald: a struggle for artistic identity

Zelda Fitzgerald: a struggle for artistic identity

  Her thin lips are curved downward. Her hair is perfectly coiffed. The year is 1930 so she is fashionably donning a thick fur coat that drapes down to her calves. Because the gorge of Constantine in Algeria is cold in February, her arms are wrapped tightly around her torso, […]

 
 

Julia Child: the first “French Chef” in most American homes

Julia Child: the first “French Chef” in most American homes

Fifty years ago, one new PBS show opened with a high-pitched voice, sounding on the verge of a girlish giggle, warmly announcing, “Hello, I’m Julia Child. Welcome to the ‘French Chef,’ and the first show on our series in French cooking.” In that very first episode, Child cooks boeuf bourguignon, […]

 
 

From Mrs. JFK to Jackie O

From Mrs. JFK to Jackie O

Jackie Kennedy, standing stunned in a blood-stained, pink Chanel suit as she watched Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn into the presidency, created an indelible image in  American history.  The designer suit became both a haunting reminder of President Kennedy’s assassination as well as an instant emblem of the First Lady […]

 
 

The Magic of Houdini

Harry Houdini had an uncanny ability to escape from almost anything: ropes, jail cells, handcuffs, water-filled milk cans, straightjackets, even graves. His death-defying stunts attracted adoring crowds during the early 1900s. Today, 87 years after his death, Houdini remains one of the most influential magicians in history

 
 

The Murderous Saint of Tibet

The Murderous Saint of Tibet

  When the Buddhist saint Milarepa was born in a small Tibetan village in 1052, his name was Thopaga—“joyful news.” Until he was halfway through his life, however, Thopaga was anything but joyful news for those around him. In fact, he was a murderer. And yet, this murderer is one […]

 
 

The Enduring Appeal of Audrey Hepburn

The Enduring Appeal of Audrey Hepburn

Out of the throngs of Golden-Age Hollywood glamour girls, one leading lady and her legacy have stood the test of time like no other. Audrey Hepburn remains the epitome of timeless elegance even to this day. One of the world’s most understated beauties, yet she reigns supreme as one of […]

 
 

Making the Globe a ‘Spice World’

Making the Globe a ‘Spice World’

How five wannabes were marketed into global superstars and ’90s icons By Karina Grudnikov Reminiscing about ’90s music evokes countless sounds and images: MC Hammer’s genie pants, the raspiness of Kurt Cobain’s voice, and the crooning of boy bands in tight clothing. But it’s a group of five women from […]

 
 

Edie Sedgwick: Fairy Tale on Speed

Edie Sedgwick: Fairy Tale on Speed

How the Factory “Superstar” cemented her place as one of the most recognizable pop-culture icons of the 1960’s By Julianne Mosoff On November 21, 1965, after the opening of Andy Warhol’s first American museum retrospective, a huge crowd gathered at the party in the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. […]

 
 

Stupid and Contagious: How Kurt Cobain Defined a Generation

Stupid and Contagious: How Kurt Cobain Defined a Generation

Behind the life of one of punk-rock’s most reluctant superstars By Stephanie M. Kim Kurt Cobain never meant to become an icon. His rise to stardom was a fluke combination of the right timing and good music. When he was younger he made plans to be famous, to reach the […]

 
 

Taking the Piss: The Controversy of America’s First Modern Comic

Taking the Piss: The Controversy of America’s First Modern Comic

Whether on stage or in court, Lenny Bruce broke comedy barriers speaking the unspeakable By Michael Menta Comic, “vomic,” prophet, blasphemer, moral equalizer and self-professed money-hungry hypocrite: who the hell was Lenny Bruce? He was the quintessential “sick comic” in the 50s and 60s who used vulgarity and taboo subjects […]