Monday, September 20, 2004

Arthur Miller

"You do what you can do, and the rest is up to the zeitgeist,'' he [Arthur Miller] remarked cheerfully. "I'll probably be forgotten completely. Most of the work in the world is forgotten completely; 99.99 percent of all artwork is forgotten. There have been so many writers who dominated a period and then slipped off. History is like some gigantic beast -- it simply wriggles its back and throws off whatever is on it."
Arthur Miller is now 89, and still writing. His new play, Finishing The Picture, is based, apparently, on his experience working with wife Marilyn Monroe on The Misfits.

As Deborah Solomon writes in The New York Times (free registration required), the public fascination with Miller's relationship with Marilyn remains, but it is his work that will endure.

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