Academic Sarah Churchwell wades through the conflicting bios of the legend so that you don't have to. She looks beyond the fixed image of Monroe as "visual cliché," and refers to a photo taken shortly before her death in which an otherwise nude Marilyn holds a transparent scarf between her teeth. Churchwell notes a new direction in which "frozen glamour" is replaced by "tousled charm"—alas, this picture (on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art) represents the... More >>>