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Fiction/Memoir
19 February 2017 08:39AM
Maureen McNeil

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February 19, 1962

Dear Red,
The Rat Pack doesn’t consider my belt full of notches equal to theirs, but
Frankie can’t get rid of his feelings for me. And he can’t make me disappear
like all the other girls. That’s why they call me an institution,…

18 February 2017 09:15AM
Maureen McNeil

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February 18, 1962

Dear Red,
It’s 3:21. I soaked in the bath, took pills and still can’t sleep. This afternoon we were on Santa Monica Boulevard, a few blocks from my house. I was putting on lipstick in the mirror and saw Giancana in the passenger seat…

17 February 2017 10:29AM
Maureen McNeil

http://imby.com/claverack/userblogs/the-red-diary/

February 17, 1962

Dear Red,
I woke up to the same bad dream— smoke seeps from beneath the closet door and
my muscles spasm up and down my left side. I called Inez right away, afraid
something happened to mother. She visited this week and…

16 February 2017 10:28AM
Maureen McNeil

http://imby.com/claverack/userblogs/the-red-diary/

February 16, 1962

Dear Red,
Arthur married Inge Morath today. I should be happy, right? But I think
of them enjoying the Connecticut farm and it depresses me. They flirted on the
set as we shot Misfits meanwhile he kept rewriting the script using…

15 February 2017 09:51AM
Maureen McNeil

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February 15, 1962

Dear Red,
I asked my driver to stop at the side of 101 yesterday to watch the sun
set from the limo. Sometimes I just like to step on the gas. Maybe I need a
little car like the one Arthur gave me—that…

14 February 2017 12:10PM
Maureen McNeil

imby.com/claverack/userblogs/the-red-diary/

February 14, 1962

Dear Red,
Jackie gave a televised tour of the White House using my breathy voice!
Pat Lawford was pissed Jackie was so phony but Peter and I thought it was
hilarious. I have the White House phone number and Jackie and I speak
every…

13 February 2017 08:55AM
Maureen McNeil

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February 13, 1962

Dear Red,
My house has a private walled garden with bougainvillea and palm trees and
flowering bushes. I’m so happy to walk outside with the birds and trees.
They were my imaginary playmates growing up. I kind of lived in my own world and…

12 February 2017 11:02AM
Maureen McNeil

imby.com/claverack/userblogs/the-red-diary/

February 12, 1962

Dear Red,
Truman is writing a new book. When I asked if it had a happy ending he said
an upcoming trial will determine the ending. He’s depressed. He isn’t into
the new year— he’s cold and alone in New York. I warmed…

11 February 2017 08:30AM
Maureen McNeil

imby.com/claverack/userblogs/the-red-diary/

February 11, 1962

Dear Red,
I asked dreamboat if he was working on equality for women. He said he made a
deal with Eleanor Roosevelt before the election that he’d start a commission on
the status of women and he has. Government change is slow, but look…

10 February 2017 12:19PM

www.amazon.com/ONE-Emerald-Tablet-Illuminating-Ancient/dp/1621481646/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486388195&sr=1-1&keywords=the+one+of+the+emerald+tablet

” We are far more than we think we are”
A profound statement that slowly sinks in as a reality during the study of the drawings and the text which becomes the material for the stories of all members of humankind.
Introduced through the autobiography of…

10 February 2017 10:31AM
Maureen McNeil

imby.com/claverack/userblogs/the-red-diary/

February 10, 1962

Dear Red,
Brando and I went incognito to the 4:00 show of Mutiny on the Bounty. We snuck
into the theater when the lights went down and snuggled in the back like
newlyweds. He told me he’s marrying the young Tahitian love interest in…

9 February 2017 10:52AM
Maureen McNeil

imby.com/claverack/userblogs/the-red-diary/

February 9, 1962

Dear Red,
Laying across my bed or out by the pool in the shade, pen in hand—I feel calm.
Simply feeling ME is important. Putting words down on a page everyday
connects me to writers through the ages and life is less lonely. I’m sure…

8 February 2017 06:33PM
Maureen McNeil

imby.com/claverack/userblogs/the-red-diary/

February 8, 1962

Dear Red,
Arthur Jacobs called today. Pat’s boss. She books my monthly press
conferences, magazine interviews and charity events but Arthur feeds the
press. He’s skilled in love, too. His fairy-tale beautiful girlfriend
Natalie was younger than me with my first marriage when he…

8 February 2017 11:16AM
Brenda Shufelt

A quick reminder that The Hudson Area Library is hosting an Author Reading by Tim Murphy on his latest novel Christodora this Saturday, Feb. 11 @ 6pm in the community room. Christodora, about a family’s life in the East Village during the AIDS epidemic and…

8 February 2017 11:16AM
Brenda Shufelt

A quick reminder that The Hudson Area Library is hosting an Author Reading by Tim Murphy on his latest novel Christodora this Saturday, Feb. 11 @ 6pm in the community room. Christodora, about a family’s life in the East Village during the AIDS epidemic and…

8 February 2017 11:16AM
Brenda Shufelt

A quick reminder that The Hudson Area Library is hosting an Author Reading by Tim Murphy on his latest novel Christodora this Saturday, Feb. 11 @ 6pm in the community room. Christodora, about a family’s life in the East Village during the AIDS epidemic and…

8 February 2017 11:16AM
Brenda Shufelt

A quick reminder that The Hudson Area Library is hosting an Author Reading by Tim Murphy on his latest novel Christodora this Saturday, Feb. 11 @ 6pm in the community room. Christodora, about a family’s life in the East Village during the AIDS epidemic and…

7 February 2017 10:24PM
John Isaacs

www.soundart.org/whlngrsm.html

Our wonderful, gentle friend Bill Hellerman died last week. A long-time Columbia County resident, Bill was an eminent experimental composer, performer, teacher, and artist (and part-time photographer with work currently on display at the Hudson Opera House). Well known as a composer/guitarist in the NYC…

7 February 2017 10:24PM
John Isaacs

www.soundart.org/whlngrsm.html

Our wonderful, gentle friend Bill Hellerman died last week. A long-time Columbia County resident, Bill was an eminent experimental composer, performer, teacher, and artist (and part-time photographer with work currently on display at the Hudson Opera House). Well known as a composer/guitarist in the NYC…

7 February 2017 01:40PM

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Find us every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY.

Kassi Underwood is the author of…

7 February 2017 01:37PM

Free!

5-6ish: Sublime Frequencies activist Rob Millis will show video and talk about his new book The Indian Talking Machine, about 78rpm record collectors in India!!

Sublime Frequencies is proud to present INDIAN TALKING MACHINE: 78rpm and Gramophone Collecting on the Sub-Continent. Created and produced by Robert…

7 February 2017 09:44AM
Maureen McNeil

February 7, 1962

Dear Red,

Great
fruit is grape-
fruit— a tart way
to start the day,
especially
if a girl aims to marry
the president.

[This is a daily excerpt from The Red Diary, a novel by Maureen McNeil reimagining the last nine months of Marilyn Monroe’s lost…

6 February 2017 09:36AM
Maureen McNeil

February 6, 1962

Dear Red,
Stand as if god is holding you up by your hair. This way your neck is
completely straight, at ease, and your head sits on your spine. Shoulders
float over your torso. Spine sits on pelvis. Pelvis moves between legs
and…

6 February 2017 09:33AM
Maureen McNeil

February 5, 1962

Dear Red,
I came out of my bedroom around 10:30, after I said goodnight to Mrs. Murray,
and there she was gossiping with Henry Weinstein! I didn’t have any clothes on
and they groaned and covered their eyes like I was a hideous monster.…

4 February 2017 12:39PM
Maureen McNeil

February 4, 1962

Dear Red,
Eight celestial bodies are lining up—sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter,
Saturn and Earth. It’s lucky, but so far it’s a lot of work to become Marilyn and
I’m lucky I’ve got help. Whitey, my make-up magician, grinds his special order…

 

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