the stories of historical figures fall in and out of fashion. and so it’s possible for marilyn monroe and audrey hepburn and marie antoinette and jackie kennedy to be a vibrant, prevalent part of our culture as images entirely divorced from the details of their lives.

as a glutton for biography, i tend to forget this and blithely assume everyone i know is walking around ALL.THE.TIME similiarly burdened by an encyclopoedic knowledge of the kennedys, 1950s film stars, the british and russian monarchies and marie antoinette. that they aren’t is a source of constant surprise. and frustration.

because i don’t understand how those images can carry so much meaning, how they can resonate at all, when striped of the biographical details. the pictures are pretty, yes, but over time pretty gets pretty dull.

marilyn was beautiful, but isn’t the sexiest woman in the world rendered a bit more provocative when you consider that she may never have climaxed? doesn’t she look different when you know that, ashamed of her lack of education, she became an auto-didact and read checkov and joyce? 

as a woman, audrey was an icon of prim femininity. as a girl, she carried messages through nazi-occupied territory to the french resistance in the sole of her shoe. she was thin not because it was fashionable but because, as a teenager, she’d escaped a deportation line and spent a month hiding and starving in an abandoned shed. audrey hepburn was a total badass. dear whole wide world, why do we not remember her for that?

marie was loaded and liked cake, but her life carries more meaning when you consider her death. when you know she was praised all around- even among the revolutionaries- for her great courage and that her last words were “pardon me, sir, i meant not to do it,” an apology to her executioner for having accidentally stepped on his foot.

and what of jackie? oh, jackie. as an intolerable jackie snob, i don’t think you can even begin to scratch the surface of appreciating her until you know that she knew about her husband’s pathological philandering. that her premature daughter died while her husband was sailing in france and that he continued sailing in france for a week before he returned home. that she lost a three-day-old son, a son she never saw, three months before her husband was murdered. that she was leaning in six inches from her husband’s face when the final shot hit. that, at parkland hospital, she nudged a doctor and handed him a sizeable chunk of her husband’s brain. and that four days later, the day she buried her husband, she threw a birthday party for her three-year-old son. and that’s just for starters…

images do not do people justice. 

we’re in the midst of a bit of “a marilyn moment”. this has revealed that a significant percentage of my friend-group have never watched a marilyn film. that’s easily fixed and soon they’ll see the hilarity in the fact that my week with marilyn is actually a better movie than the movie it is about.

i confess i hope this will springboard them all into a full-blown obsession that i can further by loading them down with biographies and life narrative analysis and saturday afternoons spent discussing the importance of storytelling. it’s unlikely, i know, but it’s also the biographical dream.

4 thoughts on “storytelling

  1. 3DS Emulateur represente un émulateur de la console Nintendo 3DS sur LAPTOP.

    Pour cette 3ème version il y a déjà plusieurs jeux 3DS jouable, et plusieurs jeux sont compatible
    entièrement (tels que Mario Kart 7, Pokemon X/Y …).

    Cette émulateur est le premier à permettre aux utilisateurs
    d’essayer le vrai effet 3D !

    Énormément de personnes connaissent la 3DS. L’émulateur 3DS est un programme simple à prendre en main vous permettant de jouer aux jeux 3DS sur votre ORDINATEUR.

    Cette émulateur est un logiciel gratuit que la majorité des joueurs doivent
    détenir en leurs possession ! Grâce à lui vous réussirez à
    jouer à la Nintendo 3DS sur votre ordinateur.

    Contrairement à d’autre émulateur, celui-ci est dézonné, il offre alors de jouer
    aux jeux provenant de toutes les région du monde sans
    problème (Japon, Europe, Amérique…).

    Lors du premier lancement de l’émulateur 3DS vous
    allez pouvoir modifier la résolution de l’écran. Par défaut celle-ci
    seras de 800/240 (2x 400/240 par œil) et la résolution de l’écran du bas seras de 320*240 pixels.
    Vous pouvez changer cette résolution mais cela risque de rendre l’écran plus pixeliser.

    Une fois que la configuration de l’emulateur 3DS seras terminer vous pourrez jouer aux roms 3DS et aux roms

    Emulateur 3DS :

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