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The Art of Edie Sedgwick

I was always intimidated and self-conscious when I talked to her or was in her presence because she was like art. I mean, she was an object that had been very strongly, effectively created. (Robert Rauschenberg, Edie: An American Biography,…

Christmas, Santa, and Jesus

As a parent, two stories I would like to tell better are the story of 9/11 and the story of Christmas. With the former, I’m still trying to get it “just right.” Both my children were born after 9/11 (my…

Elvis: The King and the Dream

In middle school I spent an entire Sunday transcribing the lyrics to “Return to Sender” so I could memorize and sing them later. But while Elvis was singing: “Return to sender, address unknown,” I was writing: “Return December, address and…