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What do more years on Earth add up to? Wisdom, maybe, or at least lessons in what went right or, occasionally, very wrong. At New York Magazine, we’ve spent time recently reflecting on the value of age and what comes of it. We reached out to famous artists and thinkers in their late ’70s and older and asked them to reflect on the lessons they’ve learned — and, in some cases, are still working to master — over the course of their long lives. Scientists, activists, and a few Star Trek captains told us what they wish they’d known when they were younger, what they value now, the accomplishments they are most proud of, and the wrong turns they took.
MH: There was an alternate life that Larry Kramer could have and might have had. He was a rising studio executive in the 1960s at Columbia, and really plugged in and kind of knew everyone, and then made this transition to screenwriting with Women in Love. Had AIDS not happened, it’s incredibly easy to imagine him as someone who would have spent his life in the movie business — maybe as a writer, maybe as a producer, maybe both. Maybe he would have written plays anyway. I can imagine that, even had that been the case, he would have pushed things forward for gay people, but the stakes would have been so much lower and his life would have been so much easier.
Since that interview, Smith has made a major change to her hair, choosing to shave it off for a performance art piece. As Allure reports, Smith entrusted the shaving process to her boyfriend, Tyler Cole, and her mom had captured the moment, which was part of her piece intended to explore different stages of anxiety.
Now recognised as one of the most remarkable figures of the twentieth century, Lee Miller was a true iconoclast who defied convention and refused to be pigeonholed. Living multiple lives as a Vogue model, photographer, surrealist muse, and war reporter, her true story reads like compelling fiction with a narrative that touches on some of the most charged scenes of the last century. From turning up unannounced on the Parisian doorstep of the surrealist artist, Man Ray, and informing him she intended to be his student, to sleeping on Hitler’s pillow and washing away the dirt of a concentration camp in his bathtub, Lee Miller blazed a trail across modern history.
Joelle Joanie Siwa, a dancer since she was a toddler, entered the public eye through the second season of the Lifetime series Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, which spun off onto the now-infamous Dance Moms. Joelle and her mother, Jessalynn, were characterized on the show as an overtly ambitious mother-daughter team whose on-stage pep was just as aggressively full-on outside of performances. A Time profile of Siwa described them as ‘tacky arrivistes’ who were ‘fun to hate, but also fun to root for’, which feels like as damning an indictment of children-focused reality T.V. shows as you can get in an otherwise glowing piece about a teen star.
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