Friday, December 12, 2008

Bettie Page (1923-2008)

R.I.P. Bettie Page
(April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008)

Los Angeles Times

Bettie Page, the brunet pinup queen with a shoulder-length pageboy hairdo and kitschy bangs whose saucy photos helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s, has died. She was 85.

Page, whose later life was marked by depression, violent mood swings and several years in a state mental institution, died Thursday night at Kindred Hospital in Los Angeles, where she had been on life support since suffering a heart attack Dec. 2, according to her agent, Mark Roesler.

A cult figure, Page was most famous for the estimated 20,000 4-by-5-inch black-and-white glossy photographs taken by amateur shutterbugs from 1949 to 1957. The photos showed her in high heels and bikinis or negligees, bondage apparel -- or nothing at all.

Decades later, those images inspired biographies, comic books, fan clubs, websites, commercial products -- Bettie Page playing cards, dress-up magnet sets, action figures, Zippo lighters, shot glasses -- and, in 2005, a film about her life and times, "The Notorious Bettie Page."

Bettie Page Memorial

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

sound and style

Sound and Style

wednesday reads

VetVoice: Pakistani Taliban Destroy More U.S. and NATO Supplies

Scott Horton: Sabotage at Gitmo

Photo Gallery: Days of Chaos in the Greek Capital

Real motherfuckers: AIG still hands out bonuses

Upgrading from a cardboard box for the homeless

Dreaming of a pure, white Christmas.

Monday, December 08, 2008

monday reads

Paul Krugman's depression economics

Greece hit by third day of anti-police riots

Ireland pork contamination

It must be '1984'

VetVoice: Military Asks Foreigners to Fill Vital Roles Instead of Gays

Tomgram: Transision Mania

Michael S. Rozeff: U.S. Collective Dictatorship Enlarges

Paul Craig Roberts: Bush Regime Declares Itself Above the Law