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Kidney Glamour

It's National Kidney Month and I didn't even know it. So much for being the World's Leading Kidney Blogger.

Instead of kidney blogging, I should be finishing an essay on George Hurrell's Hollywood glamour photos. Ah, but there's a connection. Hurrell took some amazing photos of Jean Harlow--before she died of kidney failure at the age of 26. Back then, they didn't even have dialysis.

Courtesy of Pancho Barnes Trust Estate

I wrote a Slate slideshow on Hurrell here. My current project is the catalog essay to accompany a major exhibit this summer at the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

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