November 25 would be Joe DiMaggio’s ninety-seventh birthday. Such occasions are often celebrated with newspaper columns and commemorative events, but, strange as it may seem, in Jerome Charyn’s biography of the famous baseball player, DiMaggio’s birth is barely mentioned. Instead, in Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil, from Yale University Press’s
Yale University Press celebrated Andy Warhol’s birthday earlier this month by trying out The Andy Warhol Museum’s D.I.Y. POP app on our staff. The app takes its inspiration from what Arthur C. Danto calls “the Warhol aesthetic” in his Andy Warhol, part of YUP’s Icons of America series. Warhol was
GalleyCat has created a Spotify playlist for a few of Henry Miller’s works, drawing from his descriptions and opinions of classical music, including Beethoven and Hadelich. In his forthcoming book Renegade: Henry Miller and the Making of “Tropic of Cancer”, Frederick Turner discusses various personal experiences and cultural trends that influenced Millers’ writing of the originally censored, semi-pornographic novel.
With Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe not only overshadowed the other women in his life; in their short years together, she overwhelmed the famous Yankees player himself. Jerome Charyn recounts the dark, riveting affair in Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil, better than the stories in films that made Monroe famous.
It’s the 70th birthday of Bob Dylan, once known as Robert Allen Zimmerman, and as part of our Icons of America series, David Yaffe, a music critic and professor of English at Syracuse University, has uniquely written about the musician in Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown. The subtitle may