Surrealist writers push the boundaries of language and plot, taking an oblique approach to the quotidian in order to hint at higher potentials for reality. Its within this realm that Sarah Rose Etter plays, employing surrealism to unveil deeper revelations and risks in her writing.
A close look at the two womens lives reveals similar dramatic encounters with the press negotiated on strikingly different terms. Neither identified with the public roles thrust upon them, and each struggled for control in opposing spheres of their lives. A single contract unmoored both of their lives.
As it is, Andrew Dominiks Blonde (2022) is the twenty-second movie about Monroe, and when you look past its eye-rolling shock factor, its high-profile actors, and its attempts at arthouse, it remains the same tired story weve always gotten. But this time, Andrew Dominik, Joyce Carol Oates, and even Ana de Armas have the audacity to tell us that what theyve done to Monroe is a feminist act.