Take your lumps up front, and fail with dignity.
Thanks, Mr. Carver.
Thanks, Mr. Carver.
It is interesting to compare the associations of the British reviewer, Martin Amis: “Iron John runs into trouble—into outright catastrophe—with the first word of its title. I don’t know why I find this quite so funny (what’s wrong with me?); I don’t know why I still scream with laughter every time I think abut it. Is it the spectacle of Bly’s immediate self-defeat? or is it because the title itself so firmly establishes the impossibility of taking Iron John straight? Anyway, here’s the difficulty; iron is rhyming slang for ‘male homosexual’. Just as ginger (ginger beer) means ‘queer’, so, I’m afraid, iron (iron hoof) means ‘poof’.” “Return of the Male,” London Review of Books 13 (December 5, 1991): 3.One wonders if *anything* is safe to say if one has cockney rhyming slang as part of one’s framework.
There is what I believe to be the remnants of an old women's teaching tale that explicates the plight of the starved and feral woman. It is variously known by names such as "The Devil's Dancing Shoes," "The Red-Hot Shoes of the Devil," and "The Red Shoes." Hans Christian Andersen wrote his rendition of this old tale and titled it with the latter name. Like a true raconteur, he surrounded the core of the story with much of his own ethnic wit and sensitivity.I don’t have Betsey’s hate on Andersen and actually think he has many wonderful powerful beautiful stories but um, Clarissa, what crack are you smoking?
The following is a Magyar-Germanic version of "The Red Shoes" that my aunt Tereza used to tell us when we were children, one that I use her with her blessing. In her artful way, she always began the tale by saying, "Look at your shoes, and be thankful they are plain . . . for one has to live very carefully if one's shoes are too red." (231)
From Myth to Life: Images of Women from the Classical WorldThought some of you would like to know if you didn’t already.
From the Celia and Walter Gilbert Collection
Smith College Museum of Art
March 12-October 10, 2004