“They can sag a little, can’t they?”: The Extraordinary Careers of Two Divas From Berlin – my review in 3:AM Magazine

In her memoirs, Leni Riefenstahl—the German actress and filmmaker famous for her association with Hitler—describes her first and only meeting with her compatriot and colleague Marlene Dietrich: I was struck by her deep, husky voice, which sounded a bit vulgar and suggestive. Maybe she was a little tipsy. I heard her saying loudly, “Why does …

WOMEN OF THE FIFTIES REDUX: A MAD MEN ANTIDOTE My February Column at Bookslut

"One of the great up-sides of being the first of a kind," journalist Rachel Cooke writes in her chatty, informative, and inspirational book Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, "was that guilt, at least as it pertained to working women, had not yet been invented. You looked at magazines for recipes and …