Category Archives: Icons & Inspirations

Icons & Influences: Dixie on My Mind

        Everything I know about being a woman I learned from Julia Sugarbaker. Well, first my mother, but after her, Julia Sugarbaker, as embodied by Dixie Carter, was my most formative influence. In fact, as I look … Continue reading

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Icons & Inspirations: Walker Evans

        There are no tricks in Walker Evans’ photography. The people he captures aren’t posed; there is no elaborate makeup or lighting. The shots are stark, real, and utterly beautiful.     Evans started out wanting to … Continue reading

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Icons & Inspirations: Sinatra

        I have Sinatra on the brain today, not because of recent news alleging his paternity of one of Mia Farrow’s children.  Actually, I think that Frank’s personal life was one of the least interesting things about … Continue reading

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Icons & Inspirations: Madame X

        Whenever I visit the Met (which, I admit, is not nearly often enough given the amount I spend to renew my membership every year)  I stop to see John Singer Sargent’s Madame X.  It’s hard to … Continue reading

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Icons & Inspirations: Barbra Streisand

        From the time I was ten years old, people have told me I look like Barbra Streisand. As I grew into my teenage years I was less than thrilled by this comparison. First of all, I … Continue reading

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