Posts by Justine Smith

Marilyn Monroe

Fragments of a Star: The Myth of Marilyn Monroe

One of the great muses of the 20th century, Marilyn Monroe continues to drive our imagination. Did Marilyn Monroe believe in astrology? In the best-selling novel Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates decided she did. Born June 1, 1926, “The Girl” Marilyn Monroe was an ever-changing Gemini soul. Monroe’s career spanned just over a decade, and in that time she starred in some of the greatest American films of all time, became the first nude cover star        …read more

Nola Darling

‘She’s Gotta Have It’: The Love and Labor of Art

How Nola Darling is an artist of the moment, reclaiming her voice through art in the new Netflix series ‘She’s Gotta Have It.’ In Spike Lee’s debut film, She’s Gotta Have It (1986), Nola is an artist. Her Brooklyn apartment is decorated with her work — in particular, an elaborate wall collage blending drawings and newspaper cuttings that evolves as the film moves forward in time. Nola Darling shares a birthday with Malcolm X. May 19,        …read more