the 50th anniversary of Valley of the Dolls

by marjorieingall on July 15, 2016


Read this piece on Jacqueline Susann’s life and work. (Factoid that did not make it into the story: Susann’s husband Irving Mansfield had her cremated — not very Jewish, but Susann had a very tortured relationship with Judaism. She converted to Catholicism for a while — various accounts say the conversion was revenge on God for killing her father, or because of her crush on Saint Hildegarde — and she constantly attempted to bargain with, cajole and threaten God. Irving said she treated God “like the William Morris office.” He kept her ashes in a bronze urn shaped like a book.)

When you finish Valley of the Dolls, read these three delightful graphic biographies of Freud, Marx and Einstein.


Here’s a review of a gallery show that invokes the spirit of Bella Abzug, via works by women artists that do not in actual fact have anything to do with Bella Abzug. I was lured there under false pretenses but I still enjoyed the exhibit.

And media: Please stop calling things apologies that are not apologies. SorryWatch thanks you.

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